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Removing Rubbish: Tips, Ideas and Strategies

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How to Sustainably Clean Your Home or Office

by Gwendolyn Washington

There's no getting away from it - Australians generate a lot of waste. In fact, we're the second largest domestic waste producers in the world after the United States, and each home creates around 2.25 kg of waste every day. What's more, even though we know more than ever about sustainability, most of that waste still ends up in landfill sites. For example, 45 percent of the paper we throw away is recycled. That percentage falls to about 10 percent for e-waste like computers.

If you have a large amount of waste to dispose of, there are ways to do so that make it easy and fast, but still ensure that the waste is recycled responsibly. Here's how businesses and home owners can clean out their properties without adding to the mountain of landfill we Aussies continue to build.

Take Time to Prepare Your Clean

Don't just dive into the cleaning process. It might be tempting to chuck everything in a skip bin hire and be done with it, but if mattresses, books, circuit boards, toasters and bottles are all mixed together it's much harder for waste disposal teams to make sure everything is recycled. Instead, try to separate different kinds of material as you work. Put bulky items like mattresses at the bottom of the bin and add bags of smaller items as you continue. It might help to use a range of smaller bins to store paper, glass and plastics before they end up in your main skip.

Know What Can be Recycled and What Can't

Unfortunately, not everything can be recycled. Ceramics tend not to be processed by recycling centers, while teflon pans, toothbrushes and polystyrene containers are all common household items that don't pass the test. Shower curtains and anything else made from PVC require specialist recycling solutions as well, which may not be available to ordinary home owners. If you have items that can't be processed, consider whether they could be donated to charity shops or re-purposed in some way (for example, in the garden). Many appliances and kitchen ware will be accepted by second hand stores, so don't automatically throw them away.

Bring in Waste Disposal Experts

When you've planned what needs to be thrown away and what can be donated, it's time to hire the right waste disposal equipment. Don't rely on cardboard boxes or plastic tubs. Instead, choose a cheap bin hire service that can deliver the right size of bin and collect it when you're done. Your disposal company won't just attend your home and pick up your waste. They should also be able to transport the waste for recycling. Check that they offer this service before you book your bin hire. Some companies still don't, although sustainable disposal is becoming the industry standard.

By sorting your rubbish, deciding what can be donated or reused and sourcing the right bins at the right price, you can dispose of your waste sustainably and simply. If we all did the same, it wouldn't take long to stop feeding Australia's waste mountain.

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