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Home waste is unsightly, unsanitary, and all around unpleasant. Finding appropriate solutions to get waste out of your home can be difficult as well, as many containers are too small to accommodate the waste a large family can generate. Follow these tips if you want to reduce the amount of waste your home generates.
Start With a Clean Slate
It will be much easier to find ways to reduce waste if you start with a clean slate. Take a look around and decide if there’s anything you can eliminate in your home. Common culprits of clutter are dishes, DVDs and books, linens, and children’s toys.
The best way to remove the excess items will vary based on your location and the condition of the items themselves. If items are in good shape, look to charity shops that accept donations. For large amounts of broken items and garbage, a dumpster rental can be a good solution. This will allow your family to get rid of excess in one or two days, rather than over a few weeks or months as a smaller trash bin allows.
Companies offering these services will deliver a large trash bin to your home, allow you to keep it for a designated period of time, and haul it away when you are finished filling the bin. Other ways to get rid of excess goods include shelters, food banks, schools, prisons, and other charities.
As items wear out or break, think of replacing them with the most durable option available. Instead of plastic, look for metal or strong wood alternatives. In today’s eco-friendly world, there are reusable versions of almost every household tool. Everything from conventional silverware to reusable dish towels, bamboo toothbrushes, and packaging free bar soap, shampoo, and hair conditioner is available to those looking for waste-free options.
If a reusable option isn’t available, consider the choice with the least packaging. Toilet tissue, for example, has less packaging when you purchase in bulk. This creates less home waste than purchasing multiple small packages. Food, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, baby supplies, and other household goods can also be purchased in larger packages to reduce the total amount of waste leaving your home.
Consider Other Means of Disposal
There are more ways to get rid of trash than just throwing it away. Recycling centers are available and have separate bins from garbage. Using them frequently will free space in your trash bin, and offer a greener alternative to throwing out recyclable refuse. However, you must be aware of local recycling limitations, as adding incorrect items can ruin an entire load of recyclable waste.
Another option for those who cook at home frequently is a compost bin. These bins keep organic waste out of your main trash bin and help the ecosystem by creating useful topsoil. In addition, compost bins are useful in helping keep smelly garbage out of your kitchen area. These bins do require a bit of upkeep, but overall reduce waste going in your household’s bins. Before something gets thrown out, consider if there’s another way to dispose of it that will not result in your trash bin being filled.
Try to Avoid Buying
Stopping clutter and waste is as easy as borrowing. Libraries, swap sites, and neighbours are fantastic resources for this frugal activity, and once you’ve finished with the item in question, you return it- no clutter, and no waste.
Almost anything can be borrowed if you can find the correct place to look, and Facebook groups, online swap sites, and other lending resources can help you achieve your goals without having to bring new items into your home and add to the clutter.
If an item can’t be borrowed, consider whether it is truly necessary. If it is, perhaps consider a pre-owned version of the item to reduce your environmental impact and keep items out of the landfill down the supply chain.
Gamify Your Waste
If you are the type of person who enjoys games, try making a game of your waste. Setting goals for waste reduction in your home and setting rewards associated with those goals can be incredibly motivating for some people. Recording the amount of waste your household generates each week can be a family activity as well and provides you with a common goal to work towards.
Overall, reducing the amount of waste in your home is a process that requires some work and conscious shopping. The end results are worth the time and effort, however, and living in a clean home with less waste is a relaxing experience. For more information call RedBins dumpster rental service at 416-RED-BINS or contact us here.