Everyday Waste Management in New South Wales
November 12, 2016
Q: What is the solution to excess product packaging?
Ever wondered why biscuits are placed in a non-sealable bag, then on a plastic tray, then in a cardboard box? It’s no secret that excess packaging is becoming more and more abundant, while as consumers, we are becoming more and more environmentally friendly.
This significant increase in wrapping, then leads to a significant increase in waste produced. Examples of these include:
- Glass and plastic bottles on a cardboard tray, sealed with plastic casing
- Steel cans in a cardboard box, carried in a paper bag
- Shrink-wrapped cucumbers, sweet potatoes and even bananas
Individually packaged lettuce and handfuls of herbs in a lidded container
So with all the big brands using these methods to safeguard their goods, for materials consumed in excess, such as food, this causes a big problem for society.
Putting groceries aside, this also poses a major threat for businesses and high-waste industries, from retail to hospitality.
Take for instance a corporate office and all the recyclables used on a daily basis. On average, Australian workers generate 1.7 tonnes of waste per year. These include, but are not limited to:
- Packages that come in multiple layers including plastic and cardboard
- Stationery supplies, individually wrapped, in a cardboard box
- New office equipment such as computers with each component individually wrapped, placed in cardboard box, separated by foam dividers, in a large cardboard box bigger than required
Now, think about the last time you placed an order online. To protect the security and fragility of items in transit- especially from abroad- a small clothing item can arrive at your doorstep like this:
As consumers, surely we would not be too pleased if we received an item that appears to be tampered or not securely sealed, so once again, some businesses may not be able to avoid excess packaging. We can however, avoid incorrectly disposing of these packaged materials in an unseemly way.
How do environmentally conscious global citizens, tackle this issue?
A: Co-Mingled Recycling.
Although we cannot stop manufacturers and suppliers from using excess packaging, we can control what we do with these materials. Co-Mingled Recycling allows the disposal of all different types of waste in the one bin. With less space, less time sorting and more money being saved with the hire of one type of bin, this provides one of the most ideal (and convenient) waste management plans.
- Save Money: By hiring one bin instead of three.
- Save Space: By hiring one bin instead of three.
- Save Time: By tossing in one bininstead of three.
With the many benefits of Co-Mingled Recycling, why would you not to want to effectively manage your waste?
Bingo Bins offers an efficient and effective Co-Mingled Recycling service, beneficial to households and high-waste industries such as cafes and restaurants, schools and hotel chains.
This sustainably-managed plan allows for a resourceful use and handling of recyclable materials, so that if you cannot avoid purchasing excess packaged items, like a parcel coming from overseas, you can encourage the eco-friendly dealing of recyclable constituents.
What recyclables can go in a Co-Mingled bin?
Materials of a broad nature can be recycled, however seeing as this process of sorting can be machine-operated or manual to avoid any toxins in the latter process, items including food, liquids or sanitary waste cannot be recycled.
To narrow it down for you, here is a quick guide of what to dispose in a co-mingled bin and what to be sure to exclude:
|What to Toss In?||What to Leave Out?|
|Plastic bottles without the lid||The lid|
|Aluminium cans||The liquid|
|Milk cartons||The milk|
|Glass bottles||The alcohol|
|Juice boxes||The juice|
|Plastic containers||The food|
|Plastic bags||The plastic!|
From Paper and Cardboard Waste to Plastic Waste, what happens next?
Once you’re done unpacking the groceries, cooking or unloading new office supplies and all your recyclables are conveniently placed in the one bin, Bingo Bins gladly collects them and transfers the waste to the nearest facility. The following then takes place:
To read in more detail about the exact process that occurs at each step, read our insightful blog Paper and Cardboard Recycling: The Four-Step Process.
Bin Hire and Rubbish Removal in New South Wales
Being the most populated city in Australia, us New South Wales-siders can lead by a great example in becoming more environmentally aware, starting with the smaller things like effectively managing waste and recycling everything we can recycle. With numerous recycling centres around New South Wales area, a well-maintained and extensive fleet and a renowned provider of being New South Wales’s largest bin provider, our waste management services suit any collection type and time.
To endorse an environmentally sustainable future generation, start today.
All you have to do, is put your recyclables in a Bingo Bin, and we will handle the rest.