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. As consumers however, we are becoming 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
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 may include:
- 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 item in transit, a small clothing item can arrive at your doorstep as such:
As consumers, surely we would not be too pleased if we received an item that appears to be tampered or not securely sealed. Thus, some businesses may not be able to avoid excess packaging. We can however, responsibly handle the disposal of these materials.
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. Hiring one type of bin allows you to:
- Save more money: By hiring one bin instead of three.
- Use less space: By hiring one bin instead of three.
- Reduce cleaning time: By tossing in one bin instead of three.
With the many benefits of Co-Mingled Recycling, why would you not to want to effectively manage your waste?
Bingo Industries offers an efficient and effective Co-Mingled Recycling service. This is beneficial to households and high-waste industries from cafes to hotel chains.
This sustainably-managed plan allows for a resourceful use and handling of recyclable materials. So, if you cannot avoid purchasing excess packaged items, like a parcel coming from overseas, you can encourage the eco-friendly recycling process.
What recyclables can go in a Co-Mingled bin?
Materials of a broad nature can be recycled. The process of sorting can be machine-operated or manual to avoid any toxins being incorrectly handled. Items including food, liquids or sanitary waste cannot be recycled- but parts of their packaging can be.
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
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.