Homeowner Tips – Your Useful Guide to Recycling
While we make residential waste management a lot easier, here at eSkip, we still believe that it is every individual’s responsibility to do their part in protecting the earth. Each of us must do our bit to recycle materials in our home. After all, we ultimately share one home—this planet.
All of us enjoy the several benefits from recycling. Did you know that the nickel extracted from discarded batteries can be used to manufacture stainless steel? Are you aware that you save hundreds of trees just by recycling stacks of newspapers? Even the recycling of just half a kilo of paper can lower the production of greenhouse gases by 500gm!
Aside from providing quality skip bins, we consistently stand by our principle of caring for the environment. As such, we’ve put together this useful guide to help you recycle in your own home.
Australians purchase and use products made of plastic on a daily basis. It is alarming to know that plastic waste is killing more than a hundred thousand mammals and millions of seabirds annually. Recycling plastic, saves energy whilst at the same time protects and preserves the environment and wildlife. Every individually recycled plastic drink, saves enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
Plastics come in many different forms, including; containers, toys, bags and goods. However, not all of them are recyclable. Look for the number inscribed on the back of the plastic item. If it is labelled as 1 or 2, it means it is highly recyclable. On the other hand, those labelled as 5 can be difficult to recycle. So, the next time you shop for butter or yoghurt, make sure you flip over the container to check the recycling label.
Are you planning to host a party and are in need of disposable cups? Avoid polystyrene products and option out for reusable or paper cups instead. Keep in mind that polystyrene commonly ends up in landfills and take long periods of time to disintegrate. Needless to say, you should look for greener options rather than adding more polystyrene to the face of the earth.
More than 5,000 years ago, the Phoenicians discovered glass, making it one of the oldest forms of packaging in the world. The great thing about this material is that it is one hundred percent recyclable and can be reprocessed an indefinite number of times. By recycling a single glass jar, you can save enough energy to power a 100-watt light bulb for four hours, or a fluorescent light for 20 hours.
It is also worth noting that it takes over a million years before a glass bottle starts to disintegrate. So, this material shouldn’t be thrown into general waste. If you have the time, it would be best for you to sort them by colour. Doing so makes recycling a lot easier. There’s no need to remove the paper labels off the bottles. Just sort them and the recycling facility will do the rest.
Although glass is a highly recyclable material, it’s good note that not all products made from glass can be recycled. For instance, light bulbs have a mix of other materials and they need higher temperatures before they can melt. There, it would be best to avoid incandescent light bulbs and to instead option out for energy efficient light bulbs.
Copper, bronze, aluminium and brass are all recyclable metals. So, avoid dumping them into your general waste. There are companies that reuse these metals to manufacture mechanical parts. Australians use over three billion aluminium cans every year. When we manufacture products like these from raw materials, it takes more energy than opting to recycle existing materials. By recycling six aluminium cans, you can save enough energy to cancel out the carbon emitted by an average-size car in a 10km journey.
Items classified as hazardous waste must be handled and disposed of carefully to avoid endangering the lives of other people. Some examples of hazardous waste include inflammable items, paints, oils, aerosol cans and asbestos, among others. If you have no idea how you should dispose of these items, it is best to communicate with your local council. If you’re planning to get rid of large amounts of hazardous waste, it is best to hire the services of a professional waste removal company.
Discarding Waste Using Skip Bins
During home renovations, skip bins are found to be extremely useful. If you think that your project will generate rubble or garden waste, hire a skip bin to efficiently manage your rubbish. It is important to search for an eco-friendly skip bin provider who will make sure that as little amount of waste as possible will end up in landfills.
At eSkip, we partner with a licensed sorting facility to ensure that all recyclable waste materials will be put to good use. When you hire a bin from us, you can ensure that your rubbish will be salvaged and sorted for reuse, redistribution or recycling.
Generally, we won’t require you to religiously segregate your waste when using our skip bins. However, it is part of the top waste management tips we can give you. When you place similar items in a bin, you can efficiently fill it. So, to get the best value for your money, we recommend sorting your waste according to these categories:
- General waste – This category contains commercial and household rubbish. It is a combination of various types of waste. However, this does not include hazardous items like freezers, asbestos, fridges, oils and paints, among others.
- Green waste – This category includes garden and grass clippings. However, it does not include soil, tree stumps, wet compost or other waste materials that are highly carbonaceous.
- Hard fill – This includes common renovation and construction waste like bricks, concrete, tiles, sand and shingle.
Let us make recycling waste a lot easier for you! Contact eSkip today!