Household Waste Management Tips during Covid-19

Due to Covid, we’ve been spending a lot more time at home and have had a lot more time on our hands to take up hobbies such as cooking, or crafts, and even taking the time to clean and organise our living spaces.

During this critical time, you may find that household waste is piling up, either simply spending more time at home, or even through upgrading and organising your living space.

Below we’ve got some tips for getting rid of household waste during this pandemic to keep your space comfortable and clean during these uncertain times.

✺Common types of household waste:

⦿ Liquid Waste

Liquid waste that is commonly found in the household includes trapped rainwater, but can also refer to detergents and other liquid chemicals. These examples are classified into either point or non-point waste. Manufactured liquid waste like liquid detergents and pesticides are classified as point source waste. In contrast, natural liquid waste like rainwater, organic liquids are classified as non-point source waste.

⦿ Recyclable waste

Recyclable household waste will include a variety of items and are commonly broken down into the following types:

‣ Plastic waste –

Recyclable plastic waste contains containers, jars, toys, bottles, and many other products. Since plastic is not biodegradable, they need to be separated from regular waste. These items should be carefully sorted and placed in the household recycling bin or sent to the waste recycling service for proper disposal.

‣ Paper/card waste –

Paper waste like old newspapers, magazines, different packaging materials, cardboard is also biodegradable, so it can also be used in compost.

‣ Ceramics and glass –

All kinds of ceramics and glass items are 100% recyclable, as long as they’re not broken or cracked. Depending on the condition of the item, you may also want to consider donating them when you can safely.

⦿ Organic Waste

Organic waste is the most common type of household waste. All food waste, green or garden waste, lawn clippings, meat, and non-hazardous wood waste are classified as organic waste and can be disposed of or used to start a compost. Organic waste should be kept separate from recycling and landfills, using the green kerbside bins instead.

⦿ Hazardous Waste

Hazardous household waste includes all kinds of toxic, flammable reactive and corrosive waste materials, including old paints, batteries, bulbs, light fixtures, ink, metals, different cleaning agents, toxic chemicals, pesticides, fertilisers, and herbicides. To safely dispose of these waste items, check what drop off locations are available through your local council.

⦿ E-waste

Electronic waste or e-waste is becoming one of the most significant contributors to household waste, with all electrical appliances- from broken fridges to TVs, to old powerboards and cords and even items like laptops, mobile phones, and keyboards. To dispose of the e-waste, you can look to sell or donate items following social distancing regulations or look for council certified e-waste drop off points.

✺ Waste Management at Home:

The sheer amount of waste generated by being at home during quarantine is no joke. That’s why our local and national waste management plans have to accommodate the increase in waste needed to be disposed of. You can do your part by preparing what items can be recycled and following these tips below.

✔ Follow the recycle policies-

Like we mentioned above, you’ll want to prepare what waste can be dropped off or recycled and being careful not to mix this waste in with landfills. Be sure to keep an eye out for what can go into your co-mingled recycling bin and what may need to be dropped off.

✔ Maintain proper hygiene-

To keep the hygiene of your family members in check, you need to be extra careful with disposing of waste materials like used tissues, disposable masks, and empty hand sanitiser bottles. These items need to be thrown in a specific waste bin, one that is kept away from food and living areas – preferably outside. Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly after each disposal.

✔ Use eco-friendly alternatives-

Reduce the amount of packaging and plastic by using your own bags and avoiding plastic wrapped items when possible. There are many alternatives, such as single packaged toilet paper, or packing veggies in cloth or mesh bags over plastic ones.

✔ Make a healthy habit of eating home-made food-

The more straightforward method of waste management during this pandemic is to reduce producing waste materials by reusing old materials and avoiding disposable products. One of the smart ways to reduce your home waste during this situation is to cook food at home.

While takeaway options act as a fast and convenient way to have dinner sorted, there are a lot of single-use bags and packaging that come associated with the order. Instead, try to reduce what you order by cooking at home when you can.

Another handing tip is that for anyone looking to get into gardening during this period, composting is one of the easiest and natural ways to dispose of organic wastes. Meaning you can enjoy freshly grown veggies in your cooking and use the scraps to fertilise your garden.

✔ Help people in need by donating old unused items

In this critical time, there are many locations accepting donations of old food and essential items for those affected by the virus. When cleaning out your household, why not see if anywhere in your area is accepting donations and give to a good cause. 

During this pandemic, the provision of waste management and is crucial. To assist you with domestic waste disposal and recycling in the Victorian region, give Metropolitan Transfer Station and Recycling Centre a call to learn more about their waste management services.

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