Households in Australia generate a large proportion of the overall waste. However, not all the waste is bound to end up in the landfills. Effective waste management calls for proper recycling techniques of waste that can be reused. While most homeowners have every intention of recycling waste, most end up adopting the wrong techniques and recycling the wrong types of waste. So, how do you know that you are recycling your waste correctly? Here are some recycling habits that you should adopt to conserve the environment and save time for the waste recycling companies.
Don’t assume it’s not recyclable
Assuming that certain wastes are not recyclable can result in recyclable materials ending up in your waste bin. Although you may not be able to determine whether particular items are recyclable, there are measures you can take to affirm it. For instance, most recyclable products that you purchase have a recycling symbol on the packaging. Look for it before disposing of the item. Alternatively, you can do a quick search on the internet and determine whether certain items are recyclable.
Remove plastic bottle caps
Leaving plastic bottle caps on when recycling plastic bottles can hamper the regeneration process of the plastic bottles. Bottle caps are usually made from polypropylene (PP), while plastic bottles are made from polyethylene terepthalate (PET). These two types of plastic have different melting points; therefore, this difference can make it difficult to process them. Plastic bottle caps can be removed and disposed of together with the rubbish. However, if you wish to recycle them, you should place them in a clear plastic container, and place it in the recycle bin once it’s full.
Don’t recycle soiled paper
Paper and cardboard are recyclable materials. However, once it gets dirty with grease, mud, or dirt, it loses its ability to be reused. It should be disposed of with the rest of the rubbish in your waste bin. The same case applies to shredded paper. If you have a paper shredder in your home, ensure that you don’t dispose the shredded paper in the recycle bin. Since most of the recycled materials are hand sorted, sorting shredder paper can be difficult, and it will most likely end up in the landfill anyway.
Reuse plastic bags
When disposed of at a landfill, plastic bags can take many years to break down, and this can have environmental implications. Learn to reuse the plastic bags you get when purchasing grocery and other items in your home. If you can’t reuse them, ensure that they end up in the recycle bin. Alternatively, you can use cotton or jute bags for your shopping to minimize the number of plastic bags in your home.
Observe these measures to ensure that you recycle the waste items in your home correctly. Also, ensure that you obtain a recycle bin from your rubbish removal company for better disposal and collection.