Removing excess green waste

Rubbish Management: 3 Top Tips

A lot of things which enter your home eventually exit it via the rubbish bin. The range of trashed produced the average Australian family comes in a wide range of shapes and sizes - from small plastic items such as food wrappings to larger items such as old mattresses. If you place items such as these in the general waste, they will eventually be transported to a landfill site, where they can cause environmental damage. However, by sorting your waste before you place it in the rubbish bin, you can help to protect the environment by reducing the amount of material sent to landfill sites.

Recycle Everything You Can

The majority of local authorities now provide domestic recycling bins for domestic use. These bins will enable you to separate out any paper, plastic and metal from your household waste so that it can be collected and taken to a recycling centre. If you wish to dispose of larger items such as a refrigerator, you may need to transport the appliance to a recycling centre yourself. The recycling centre will process the waste sent to it so it can be reused as part of a brand new product. Doing this helps to cut the amount of waste buried in landfill dramatically.

Create a Compost Heap

Any green waste such as stale fruit and veg, grass cuttings and tree trimmings can be placed in a compost heap rather than sent to landfill. Compost heaps are easy to create. All you need to do is dig a shallow hole in your garden which can then be filled with your household's green waste. After a period of months, the green waste will be broken down by microbes and will become compost. This compost is rich in nutrients and can be used in your garden.

Reuse or Donate Items

Before you place any items in the waste bin, you should consider if it could be reused around your home. For example, you may wish to use an empty jar to store spices or cereals, and the plastic trays which are used to hold food can be washed and reused to store your children's colouring crayons. If you have no use for items such as old books or pieces of furniture, you should consider donating them to your local charity thrift store.

If you would like further information about recycling, you should contact a professional waste management company.