The cost of living these days seems to come with a lot of added waste. According to this statistic from Natural Resources Canada, the average North American will throw away 600 times their adult weight in garbage in their lifetime! Our natural resources and environment are precious, and we only have so much room for that excess waste.
The good news is there’s a lot you can do as an individual or family to reduce and manage your waste, therefore reducing your environmental footprint and positively impacting the environment. Here are some home waste-management tips to help you make a change!
- Reduce your trash: There are so many effective ways to reduce the amount of garbage you and your family produce. These include using reusable materials when shopping such as cloth or canvas bags, or even just reusing plastic bags. Cutting out household items like saran wrap and aluminum foil and instead using plastic containers to store food is also a good way to reduce waste.
- Lose the packaging: A trip to the grocery store can show you that over-packaging is a huge problem these days. Keep an eye out for foods with little or no packaging. Buying food in bulk and staying away from packaged produce helps!
- Keep everything sorted: Make sure you have clearly designated bins for recycling, garbage, and compost and make sure everyone knows how to use them. It’s never too early to teach your kids about recycling and composting.
- Go paperless: More and more companies and banks are offering paper-free options for statements and billing. Choosing the electronic option will help you cut back on mail and excess paper that just ends up in the recycling bin.
- Be generous: We always end up accumulating more material items than we need: clothes, furniture, and children’s toys, for example. Instead of disposing of these, consider donating them. You can drop off donations to places like The Salvation Army and if you don’t have the time to do that there are many charities that will come and pick up bags. Additionally, schools and daycares may take donations of toys, books, or electronics. De-cluttering is a great way to keep your home clean and organized, but make sure to do it as kindly as you can.
- Rent a bin: If you feel there’s a lot of waste piling up around your home, you may want to rent a disposal bin. At Red Bins, we make it easy for you. We’ll drop the bin off and pick it up when it’s full. We also do full service junk removal. This way, you can get all the excess waste out of your home or garage, and rest assured it will be properly disposed of. Contact us today for more information about bin rentals.
Sometimes it feels like garbage is just piling up. But there are lots of things you can do to manage and reduce your waste—and make a positive difference in the long run!