Many people don’t care enough about their garbage apart from setting it out for collectors to grab once a week. However, it’s imperative to practise proper waste management not only for the environment but also for your family’s health.
If you’re struggling to set up a good system for your garbage, here are some ways you can dispose of your waste properly.
Sort Your Garbage
The first step to creating a good system for waste disposal is to learn how to sort your garbage. Take the initiative to invest in garbage bins for different kinds of waste to make things easier for you and your garbage collector to sort your garbage into the right categories.
Practice throwing every piece of garbage in the right bin. It’s an important habit.
Also, make sure you keep track of items that should not be put in the trash bin such as electronics, light bulbs, mercury thermometers, and smoke detectors.
If you’re uncertain of what parts of your tech should go in a special bin for electronic waste, try asking your electrician or checking with items’ manufacturers, by the way.
Finally, you also have to segregate materials like diapers, batteries, hazardous materials or chemicals, and food waste to minimize the risk of pest infestation or contamination.
One way to dispose of your waste is by composting. This is an inexpensive method of getting rid of food waste and limiting your carbon footprint.
As an added bonus, composting is a great way of decomposing your nitrogen-rich and carbon-rich food waste and turning them into fuel for your garden. You can also donate them to people who grow plants if you’re not keeping your own.
All you have to do is collect your food waste and put them in a container with the woody, carbon-rich materials at the bottom and the vegetables on top until you fill it up.
Allow it to heat up and then cool down for a week or two before mixing and shredding with a pitchfork for your garden.
Another way to dispose of waste is by not disposing of them. Plenty of materials like plastic, glass, and metals can be reused or recycled instead of being sent directly to landfills.
If you do not have the time to recycle them yourself, you can donate them to centers that do recycle. Just make sure you segregate and sanitize them properly.
Investing in reusable bags, cups, straws and similar items can also help you cut down on waste.
Reusing and recycling can also help you cut down on waste disposal costs as well as reduce landfill impact. There are also ways to add potential revenue streams with your recyclable wastes if there are places near you that buy cardboard, plastic bottles, or cables for rebate value.
Proper waste segregation and disposal are vital in keeping your home free from pests, contamination, and bacteria. Regular maintenance and cleaning of your home also go a long way in ensuring your home’s cleanliness and family’s health.
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