4 Waste Management Tips to Get Your Home Spick and Span for the New YearNaturely
According to Greenpeace Australia, the average Australian can produce up to c in a single year. With landfills beginning to fill up and fast, we are all at risk of drowning in our own trash in a few years—not decades—if we can’t get our act together on waste management. Start 2020 on the right foot by adopting our tried-and-tested practices on how to reduce the amount of waste your household produces.
Take Control of Your Junk Mail
One of the biggest contributors to paper waste in the average household is junk mail. These unsolicited advertising materials make up at least 6% of Australia’s total usage of paper, and more often than not, they only end up in the bin (1).
There are several ways that you can get your junk mail situation under control. The Australian Post recommends putting a No Junk Mail or Addressed Mail Only sticker or sign on your letterbox if you do not wish to receive catalogues and other junk mail items. Their postal delivery service officers are instructed not to leave unaddressed mail to letterboxes marked as such. You can also sign up to be included on the Association for Data-driven Marketing & Advertising’s (ADMA) “Do Not Mail” registry, which will stop companies you don’t do business with from sending you mail.
You can also contact individual businesses that persistently send junk mail and request to be taken off their mailing list. If the situation continues, you can lodge a complaint with the Distribution Standards Board online or over the phone.
Clear Out Your Old Furniture
Starting a new decade with a clean slate can do wonders for your well-being. If your furniture is starting to look worn, it could be a good idea to clear them out and start afresh. Hire the services of local rubbish removal companies in Australia to remove bulky items from your home safely and conveniently.
If they’re still in good condition, you can list them online, donate them, or simply repair and continue to use them. Sometimes, your favourite chair only needs to be reupholstered and given a new cover so that you can continue to enjoy it for another decade.
Composting your organic waste is a great way to manage it—and it can benefit your garden as well. Compost is rich in nutrients and is a fantastic soil conditioner that, when used in conjunction with other porous materials and growing mediums, creates an environment where plants can flourish. You can create compost from both kitchen waste and garden or green waste. This includes fruit and vegetable refuse, grass clippings, dried leaves, paper products such as napkins and cardboard, and thin sticks and twigs. The Brisbane City Council even offers discount vouchers that you can use to buy a compost bin or a worm farm if you attend one of their free compost or worm farm workshops.
Even if you don’t have a garden, you can still adopt composting. The City Council also provides community composting hubs for the use of residents. These hubs are open 24 hours and are available all across the city in multiple locations. Visit the Brisbane City Council’s official website to learn more.
Incorporate Reusables into Your Life
Single-use items are also one of the major contributors to the waste produced by a typical Australian household. These include nappies, cotton buds, toilet paper and wet wipes, as well as disposable cups, straws and cutlery, as well as plastic bags.
If you think about it, most packaging items for common household products are single-use, too. For example, when’s the last time you kept the box that a tube of toothpaste came in? As such, for kitchen staples such as cereals, grains, and baking ingredients, consider purchasing in bulk from a refill station and using reusable containers for storage. You can also bring reusable containers when you head out to buy fish, chicken and meats. Not only will this help cut down on single-use waste, you’ll also be able to stack and store them more easily in the chiller!
Committing to going zero waste now can create a significant impact on the environment in the future. It’s a healthier, more economical way of living that every Australian should adopt so that we can all reap its benefits in the near future.