If your 2019 resolution is to start living more simply and helping the environment by reducing the amount of waste you and your family produce, firstly, well done! Acknowledging that you need to reduce your waste output is the first step to making a difference. But knowing how to actually implement this intention into everyday life can be difficult, especially if you have children!
The team at Melville Bin Hire are dealing with Perth’s waste every day – and believe us when we say we (literally) see tonnes of it! That’s why we think that we should all be doing our bit to reduce our impact.
So, how can you begin the process of reducing your waste at home? Here are some tips from the team at Melville Bin Hire:
- Understand recycling
- Create a meal plan and use reusable containers
- Repair and Reuse – don’t just ditch
- “No Junk Mail” – take your mail seriously and cancel unnecessary mail
Understand how recycling works in your area
Recycling can be confusing – but it doesn’t have to be. Educate yourself on Perth’s recycling rules and help our recycling system function the way it’s meant to – https://recycleright.wa.gov.au/your-a-z-of-recycling/
It’s also a good idea to get in touch with your local shire or council to ask if they can provide any guidance on recycling in your area.
Create a Meal Plan for your family and use reusable containers
Creating a meal plan for your family means that you can buy exactly what you need at the supermarket without purchasing excess items that may end up going to waste, helping to save you money.
It’s also an excellent idea to prepare meals in advance and freeze them in reusable containers. This saves you time at night after a busy day and also means that you’re less likely to splurge on takeaway food that arrives in numerous plastic bags and containers that end up in landfill (or worse, in our oceans!).
Stop treating everything as disposable – repair and reuse instead!
When a pair of pants tears or a button comes loose, it’s so tempting to throw the item away and simply purchase another to replace it. But replacing it not only costs you time and money – it is extremely wasteful. Why not simply learn to sew a few stitches, and only replace items when they are truly worn-out?
Invest in a No Junk Mail sign for your letterbox
If every home in Perth had a “No Junk Mail” sign on its letterbox, can you imagine how much useless junk mail would stop going into landfill (just think of how many trees are turned into unwanted pamphlets)? And make sure you aren’t signed up for any unwanted promotional material. This can be an annoying process, but it will be worth it in the end!
For all your household waste that can’t be reused or recycled, Melville Bin Hire can help. Contact us today to find out more about our services.