Home recycling requires a small amount of time, yet offers substantial rewards, especially if you use colour coded storage bins.
And it is really not as difficult or as tiresome as people think. Recycling is a great way to make a difference, both locally and globally.
Visit your local recycling center and find out what materials they accept for recycling. You can also contact eThekwini Cleansing and Solid Waste Unit on 031 322 0780 and ask them about the city’s domestic recycling programme.
For those who would like to know the exact meaning of the term, recycling is the process of obtaining or retaining waste and converting it into usable, new materials.
Set up your Bins
Then set up your bins accordingly. (eThekwini has orange bags for paper and clear bags for glass.) Bins are very helpful for food scraps for composting, for cans etc
Also check with the recycle centre to find out where you safely dispose of light bulbs, hazardous materials and batteries. These cannot be recycled or put in the garbage.
Colour Coded Storage Bins
The key to a successful home recycling program is the storage bin setup. Once the bins are allocated and set up, the whole process is easy. If you have a shed or garage or carport you can locate the big bins there. And if you live in a flat, the skinny bins are perfect to fit into cupboards and nooks.
Once your system is set up, recycling is easy. After all, recycling is about convenience, convenience, and more convenience.
Household Plastic has a set of three great Wham recycling bins – well actually two sets – one has 50 litre capacity and the skinny set has 25 litre capacity.
Wham Recycling Bins
The Wham recycling bins are made in the United Kingdom from reground recycled single use household plastic, helping to prevent more plastic going into our oceans. They are solid and secure, and have a fully removable lid with hinged lift up flap at front. Space saving, stackable design.
These bins are great for organising your household recycling.
They‘re also good for storing dry dog or cat food, washing powder, cat litter or for general recycling
Best Recycling Tips for the Home
- The good news is that recycling can be simple (if not satisfying) and doesn’t necessarily take up all the space in your kitchen.
- Recycling more at home does not require much effort if you spend some time to create a comprehensive recycling system. This system starts with having places to store your recycled materials in the house, whether this is a box, bin or bag.
- Keep the recycling container next to the rubbish bin, will remind everyone to recycle as much as possible.
- Adjust your mind set. Keep it all separated.
- You can keep larger bins or crates in the garage and use something smaller in the kitchen for immediate disposal if you are short of space.
- Food cans should be rinsed and have lids and labels removed. It helps if they are flattened, although many new cans are difficult to flatten; they should still be recycled. Aluminium cans are very valuable as recyclable items.
Food Waste – Composting
The first and best way to use scraps is to make compost with it. Compost is a great product because it adds nutrients to the soil, improves the soil’s texture, and helps balance the soil—all of which makes food and ornamental plants grow better.
Composting also reduces the cost and the pollution that come with garbage hauling and disposal. You can make a compost bin or buy one that fits even in a small space.
Good things to compost include vegetable peelings, fruit waste, teabags, plant prunings and grass cuttings. These are fast to break down and provide important nitrogen as well as moisture. It’s also good to include things such as cardboard egg boxes, scrunched up paper and fallen leaves.
Think about composting food scraps or setting up a worm farm.
We all know that is good to be kinder to the planet after all recycling saves energy and also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to tackle climate change. So next time you pop in to one of our five stores, take a look at the wide range of bins especially the Wham recycling bins. You will find some that are perfect for your life.