All of these items must be disposed of, and it is no longer enough to put them all in the bin and watch them go to landfill. The simple issue is that the planet cannot handle this amount of waste, much of which simply sit there for thousands of years.
As everyone becomes more aware of waste it is time to change your approach and adopt an effective waste management plan.
Recycle Where Possible
If an item is still working, then don’t throw it away. There will be places in your area that accept these items and recycle them, allowing them to be used by someone else.
It is better for the environment than simply throwing it away, and you are helping out a stranger which always feels good.
Separate Your Bins
Managing your waste effectively also means separating it. The easiest way to do this is to have several bins, one for rubbish, one for cardboard and paper, one for recyclable items, and one for things that can be composted.
By separating the bins and learning what items go in which, you make it easy to do your part to help the planet. You will also see how much stuff you are throwing away and can take steps to reduce this quantity.
It can be challenging to keep all the bins in your home, but it doesn’t need to be. Most modern kitchens feature fitted bins that are hidden but easily accessible. This helps you to sort your waste into the right places.
Keep Your Hands Clean
Rubbish generally attracts flies and other bugs, including bacteria. The result is that every bin bag can contain and an abundance of bacteria, which could you and your family sick.
That’s why you should keep hand sanitizer handy. It is quick and easy to use after specific activities. You can also carry it with you, allowing you to protect your hands regardless of where you are and what you touch.
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When you realize the average person touches their face 23 times per hour you will quickly see how bacteria can get into your body and cause issues. Hand sanitizer prevents this.
Look At What You Buy
Packaging has become standard on all items that you purchase in stores. You can help your waste management plan by looking at what you are buying and choosing the items that have the least amount of packaging.
This reduces your waste and the amount of waste going to landfill sites.
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In the same vein, you should avoid using printed pieces of paper. Wherever possible, handle transactions electronically to reduce the amount of waste you generate.
Check Your Detergents
Natural detergents tend to be better for the environment than chemical-laden shop versions. Hunt for natural detergents and soaps in the shops. You can also consider making your own detergents at home.
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