Hiring a skip bin can be a great way of disposing of rubbish during a clear-out or home remodelling project. However, you can reduce the amount of rubbish that you generate and make a contribution to saving the planet too by recycling. It doesn't have to be a massive undertaking either; start small and become more ambitious as you go.
Here are a few simple tips to get you started.
Separate your rubbish for recycling
Instead of simply tossing all your rubbish into the skip bin, take a few extra minutes each day to separate your garbage into recyclables and non-recyclables. Most local councils operate a pick-up service for recyclable rubbish including glass, clothing, plastics and paper. Alternatively, you could take a trip to your local bottle bank or clothes collection depot.
Home recycling habits
Do you always throw the plastic bags you receive at the supermarket into the bin? Instead of tossing them, why not use them again? Plastic bags can be reused as bin liners, as kitty litter tray liners or as lunch bags for work or school. You can buy pretty fabric bag holders for your kitchen; just put any plastic bags you're given into the holder and reuse them accordingly.
Next time you have a takeaway for your tea, keep the plastic or foil trays the food is served in. You can use them for freezing leftovers, for growing seeds or as drawer tidies.
If you're in the habit of stopping at the same coffee shop each morning on the way to work to pick up a takeaway beverage, why not take a mug with you from home and ask them to fill it for you, rather than taking a paper cup that will just be thrown away later?
Composing makes sense
If your household generates a lot of food waste each week, why not start a compost bin instead of throwing the stuff into the bin? Anything that can be broken down organically can be composted including:
- spoiled fruit
- veggie peelings
- coffee grounds
- tea bags
- meat trimmings
Once the rubbish has been broken down through natural decomposition processes, you can spread it onto your garden as free fertiliser
Recycling only takes a small amount of effort but it is worth it. You don't have to go all out either; just start with one or two home recycling initiatives and gradually build up your efforts. Talk with a skip bin hire company to learn more about properly disposing of all sorts of materials.