- Everyone deals with garbage every day. Whether in your office, kitchen, or bedroom, you use things that produce waste, and you usually get rid of them by throwing them in trash cans. While trash cans provide a temporary solution to control your waste, sooner or later, these wastes could pile up, making it harder to dispose of them properly. It’s true, especially that nowadays, more factories and industries produce single-use products to entice consumers and maximize profit. This results in too much waste production at residential and commercial properties.What’s more, these junk items usually end up at landfills, causing more dirt and pollution of the environment. Waste landfills pose a massive threat to the environment, economy, animals, and human health. As most wastes brought to landfills have a very slow decomposition rate, especially plastics, their toxic and hazardous chemicals could contaminate the land, air, and underground. (1)
Thus, it’s everyone’s responsibility to help preserve the planet and reduce waste production. The best way to start solving this garbage dilemma is to adjust your habits at home. For your guide, here are four innovative but cheap solutions you can practice to resolve your garbage problems.
- Waste skip bins
While your local governments have implemented waste disposal systems, there might be instances when some households produce too much waste that couldn’t fit in trash cans. As a result, some of you may try to drive to the landfills and dump trash on your own, or, worse, burn your trash, which is more harmful to the environment. One affordable solution to this is to hire waste skip bins.
This type of waste management service is beneficial in keeping residential and commercial properties clean and free from waste. You no longer need to fret about the overflowing trash cans as you can organize them all at once in your skip bins. Once full, you can call the skip bin company to pick up your skip bin. Whether you have plastics, broken furniture, or damaged appliances, the skip bin company will handle them all by segregating, recycling, or repurposing them, leaving the landfills as the very last option.
- Compost bins
Creating a compost bin is another cheap innovative solution to control and reduce your waste problem. A composting bin is a space or container designated to collect organic waste which will decay over time. The produced compost can help add nutrients to your soil and fertilize your plants to promote growth. Best of all, having a compost bin at home will help reduce your waste contribution to the landfills and prevent methane emissions from decomposed materials. (2)
Some types of waste you can include in your compost bin are:
- Shredded newspaper
- Hair and fur
- Fireplace ashes
- Wood chips
If you have a spacious lawn, you can create a backyard compost bin, preferably close to your garden but hidden from sight to maintain your lawn’s appearance. On the other hand, if you have limited outdoor space, you can consider indoor composting, wherein you’ll buy or build a bin intended to collect compostable waste. Keep track of what you’re throwing in and keep it covered to avoid attracting pests and minimize foul odor.
- Reusable bamboo bottles
Reusable bottles and cups have been around for a long time, but only a few people realize their function and importance in resolving garbage problems. If you’ve noticed, the majority of the waste you see on landfills are single-use plastic bottles. While these products provide convenience for customers, using single-use plastics will pollute the environment more and add more waste to the landfills. Thus, everyone is encouraged to switch to reusable bottles and refrain from buying plastic ones.
Better yet, instead of reusable plastic, you can go for bamboo-made bottles. Bamboo bottles are innovated and designed as better and more sustainable alternatives to reusable plastics. They’re eco-friendly, don’t leach chemicals (unlike plastics), and are much safer to use than reusable plastic bottles. Plus, they only cost around USD$30 – USD$35, which means you can save much more than buying plastic bottles regularly. So, make bamboo bottles your new sustainable solution in reducing your waste production. (3)
- Reverse vending machine for recycling
You’ve probably heard about the importance of the 3Rs which is reduce, reuse, and recycle. While some people have figured out how to reduce their waste, many are still working on reusing and recycling. After all, reusing and recycling can take plenty of time which not all people have.
One invention that has made reusing and recycling easier is the reverse vending machine. Empty bottles or cans fed to the machine for recycling will yield cash refunds, discount tickets, or transit tickets. Moreover, reverse vending machines are designed to collect and sort the bottles and cans, which is beneficial as many people find manual segregation tedious and time-consuming. (4)
The reverse vending machine operates by emptying the bottles or cans, identifying the manufacturer of the items, and crushing them into pieces before bringing them back to their recycling material companies. You can find reverse vending machines installed in specific stores or supermarkets, or you can inquire at your local government and find out which places have such machines. (4)
The Bottom Line
Ultimately, there are solutions to your garbage dilemma. As long as everyone cooperates and commits to reducing their waste, implementing the 3Rs, and practicing these solutions above, you can help preserve and save the environment from pollution and waste overproduction.
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