Watch What You Throw Away

Before you throw something in the bin, it’s always worth considering what it is you’re throwing away. Below are a few examples of items that you should always dispose of with care. 

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Recyclable goods

Recycling is something that many people have poor knowledge of. Some people never recycle at all – putting everything in the bin. A greater number of people are aware of recycling, but can often get it wrong as to what goes in the recycling bin.

Just what goods are recyclable? Most local councils are happy to recycle glass, aluminium and cardboard (just make sure it’s clean first). When it comes to plastics, look out for the plastic identification code. There should be a small triangle with a number in it from 1 to 7. Anything with an identification code of 1 or 2 can generally be recycled. 

Your local recycling centre will likely be able to accept more goods to recycle such as wood. Consider taking some items here to reduce your waste.

Stuff you can donate/sell

When it comes to toys, clothes and furniture, you should always consider the condition it is in and whether it would be valuable to someone else. Instead of adding more clutter to a landfill site, consider donating items that are still in good condition. You can do this by looking into local charities or by giving it away for free online. 

In some cases where the condition is still pretty good, you may even be able to sell it. In some cases you can even make money out of broken items like electronics by selling them for parts (just make sure you’ve erased any data). This could be a chance to make some extra cash.

Sensitive documents

You should be careful of throwing away sensitive documents whole. There are people out there who will rummage through rubbish to find sensitive information such as bank details, passwords and personal details. You don’t want such information to end up in the wrong hands as you could end up being a victim of fraud or theft. 

Shred sensitive documents before disposing of them. You could even consider using a documents shredding service if you have lots of documents to get rid of at once. This should prevent anyone from finding important sensitive information. 

Sharp objects

Sharp objects like needles and syringes should ideally be disposed of in special sharps bins where they should be collected and taken to specialist centres to be processed. There have been many instances of waste disposal workers or cleaners getting stabbed by needles protruding out of rubbish bags. Think about the people who may handle your rubbish before placing needles in a bin.

Flammable liquids

There are many chemicals that need to be disposed of carefully. A major hazard is flammable liquids – if disposed of incorrectly, they can cause fires at recycling centres or in rubbish trucks. Items like batteries, aerosol cans and kerosene containers should be collected by specialist waste companies or taken to specialist recycling centres.

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