A lot of waste comes in and out of a home daily. That number also exponentially increases when there are more members in the household. If you’re not careful with observing good household disposal practices, the next thing you know, you’re face-to-face with an intractable waste problem. Time and time again, your bins overflow to a point where they can’t keep up with the collector’s schedule.
Proper waste disposal is as crucial to maintaining a beautiful and clean home as it is for the health of everyone living in it. And it’s not too late to achieve it. Here are four practices to help you in this regard.
1. Call A Same-Day Rubbish Collection Service
More often than not, your city or town’s local garbage collection services are scheduled. They don’t visit your area daily, which means that you could already have overflowing bins at some point before the collector comes.
Ideally, this shouldn’t be the case. As much as possible, make it a household practice to reduce waste disposal to a level that still keeps it manageable even before the garbage collectors are slated to visit. If you struggle with this, the problem isn’t really with the collectors’ schedules but rather the amount of waste your household generates.
However, despite good household management practices, there are still instances when you’ll have more waste to deal with than usual. Common occurrences are when you’ve just hosted a big party at home or gone through a major purge, where, now, you have all sorts of ‘waste’ to let go.
Calling for expert assistance, such as a same-day garbage collection service, makes sense in those situations, such as when you need food waste collection. They can stop your bins from being left on the curb, overflowing, causing a visual nuisance to the neighborhood, and potentially leaving off unpleasant odors. They’re available from the time you ask them to visit your home right until they’ve finished the last bit of waste to dispose of.
A same-day rubbish collection is there to literally be your hands and feet, where they deal with all your waste on your behalf. This helps significantly when you have a lot of garbage that isn’t just the usual but now includes big and bulky items.
2. Reduce The Purchase Of Packaging
In some countries, plastic bags in supermarkets are still being handed out for free. However, many others have to be purchased, at least for a few cents per bag. Whatever the scenario, make it a habit to at least minimize your purchase of plastic bags.
If you intend to reuse plastic bags (as wastebasket liners, for instance), then it makes sense to ask for those supermarket plastic bags. However, if you don’t, it’s time to use reusable bags when you shop.
Plastic still counts as one of the top contributors of waste in a household. You’ll have less to dispose of when you use less of it, to begin with. So, before bringing home a plastic or paper bag, ask yourself if you’ll really use it or if you still have about a hundred others waiting to be reused.
3. Regularly Clean Garbage Disposal Bins
How often do you clean your home’s garbage bins? Or, perhaps a better question would be, when was the last time you cleaned it? Not many homeowners think about cleaning these containers simply because there seems to be no need. They’re bound to get dirty anyway. While this might be true, hosing and washing your garbage bins is necessary to remove any odors and control the spread and build-up of any bacteria.
4. Ditch The Disposables
If you’re hosting a party soon, then yes, that could be one of the rare instances that you can justify using disposables. After all, it’s also time-inefficient to go through so much washing right after the party, on top of all the cleaning up to do, before life resumes back to normal the next day.
Other than that, ditch the disposables. Like plastic bags, the less you have of them at home, the less your bins will fill up. Those single-use products do nothing for the environment but unnecessarily add to landfills that are already overflowing, to begin with.
Apart from disposable utensils, these items also include kitchen towels. Instead of using them to wipe down spills, have lots of microfiber cloths you can wash and reuse. Silicone baking sheets can also take the place of parchment paper.
Reducing waste while observing safe and responsible disposal is one of the most important things one can do to contribute to environmentalism. It can be challenging at first, but you’ll surely get the hang of it, like all habits. Then, like a domino effect, when others visit your home and learn about your practices, they may be inspired to apply the same in their own households.