With population growth, the amount of garbage going into landfills in Australia has increased, but so has the level of recycling. Currently, about 58 percent of household waste is recycled with the remainder going into landfills. This amounts to millions of tonnes ending up in landfills, have a drastic impact on the environment.
Environmental preservation must begin with us, and there are a lot more homeowners in Australia today can do to divert trash from landfills. This article highlights tips to make recycling much easier in your home and hence reducing the amount of trash sent to landfills.
1. Create a recycling plan
The way you'll organize your waste management depends on the following factors:
Council requirements – each local council has its waste management systems, and not all types or recycling are supported everywhere. You can talk to your home association or local council to understand which items have designated recycling centres
Space – allocate adequate space to your recycling area, preferably where all garbage is thrown to make it easier to maintain the system
Convenience – separate bags or bins should be arranged systematically and clearly labelled. For instance, have a wastepaper bin under where mail is kept/reviewed. Bins for unused clothes should be in the bedroom while compost bins should be in the kitchen near food preparation sites. Specialty items like electronics and batteries can have their bin in the garage
As much as possible, centralising your recycling, such as in a garage, shed or utility room can make it easier to maintain your management system. For convenience, you can have smaller labelled baskets in the areas above, but store the main containers together. An idea may be to install pegboard at the site to hang collection bags where your bins and containers are insufficient.
2. Separate deposit items
Store separately bottles and cans that can be returned to a centre in exchange for money. You can hang the bag on hooks in your kitchen or pantry, and ensure all family members know where it is.
3. Plan for hazards
Never mix hazardous materials with your regular garbage. This may attract penalties from your garbage removal service, and is dangerous to the environment, even landfills. Items like light bulbs, damaged electronics, paints, solvents, aerosols, pesticides/herbicides, batteries and other chemicals should be placed separately from other garbage or recyclable materials. Find out how such waste is disposed of in your locality, and collect them until you have enough for a trip. In the meantime ensure they're stored away from the reach of young children and pets.
4. Consider composting
If you have a small garden outside your home, you can divert food preparation waste to making compost that will provide natural manure for your plants. Have a small bin in the food preparation area, and this will be emptied into a larger container or hole in the garden for decomposition. Make sure the hole/container is far from the house because of the smell. Also, ensure holes are properly covered for the safety of children and pets.
For more information, contact a rubbish removal service.