3 Ways Apartment Dwellers Can Improve Garbage Collection and Recycling
In 2019, Australia achieved its target to recycle 30% of all garbage collected. As such, the government revised the goal and increased it from 30% to 50%. Achieving this target needs an all-hands-on-deck effort. However, shrinking lot sizes mean that more Australians live in small houses and flats, especially in purpose-built buildings. The lack of space in these buildings means that residents often have to deal with inaccessible rubbish collection points. Such inconvenience derails the achievement of government recycling targets. Therefore, how do you ensure this does not happen despite the challenges? This article highlights ways apartment residents can improve garbage collection and promote recycling.
Flatten Pliable Waste -- If you live in a flat, chances are high that you share garbage bins with other residents. Therefore, you have to be aware of how to dispose of your waste. See, throwing away cardboard boxes, plastic bottles and tins in their original shape wastes a lot of space in garbage bins. If everybody does this, then the garbage bins will fill fast. The only alternative most people have is to throw the remainder of their waste in places other than the garbage bins. Unfortunately, waste that is not disposed of in garbage bins will not be recycled. The best approach is to flatten all cardboard and plastic containers so that they take up less space in a garbage bin and a collection truck.
Collection Containers in all Rooms -- Most apartment residents only think about recycling when they are in a kitchen. The reason for this is that a kitchen is the only room in a home that sees both wet and dry waste. However, what happens to the hidden recyclables, like toothpaste tubes, aerosols and toilet paper tubes? In most cases, these hidden recyclables are disposed of haphazardly, thereby reducing their chances of reaching a recycling plant. You can avoid this by keeping a collection box in every room that produces recyclable waste. The strategy will ensure that you dispose of every piece of recyclable trash in garbage bins for collection and eventual recycling.
Remind Children About Recyclables -- Not every container should end up in your recycling bin, and while adults understand this concept, kids might not. Kids might toss disposable coffee cups in the recycling bin because they look and feel like paper. However, it only makes recycling harder because recyclers spend more time at a sorting station. Therefore, it is crucial to make a list of what should and should not be tossed in a recycling bin. Hang a pictorial list somewhere to remind your children about proper waste disposal.
To learn more, contact a recycling centre.