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What Should You Be Doing With Your Unwanted Waste?

Every year, individuals produce hundreds of kilograms of disposable waste without thinking much about the consequences. In a world with finite resources and billions of people all doing the same, it doesn’t take long for major consequences to be felt from this behaviour.

From overflowing rubbish dumps to polluted roads, all of what we use inevitably ends up in our environment. As it turns out, there are better ways of disposing of your unwanted waste that can be both good for the environment and your finances. Today, we’ll talk about some great alternative ideas for what you should be doing with your unwanted waste.

Find Waste Removal Services

Your local refuse pickup might not accept everything you have that needs quick and prompt disposal. Likewise, you may have just recently completed a major project that requires several trips to the local rubbish dump.

This is where waste removal services can be a critical assistant in clearing out unwanted waste. Whether you have construction materials that need to be disposed of in a skip or restaurant waste that must be removed on a daily basis, waste removal services make disposing of unwanted items easy.

Take Advantage of Recycling

Glass, metal, paper, and plastic: the four quintessential ingredients of our wasteful universe. Ultimately, all four of these materials can easily be recycled in most cases – if you are willing to engage in a bit of sorting.

There will be on-site recycling services available at your local rubbish dump, as well as a weekly recycling bin collection from the kerb. With a finite amount of resources available on this planet, we each should do our part to help save a bit.

Compost, Compost, Compost

One of the biggest forms of waste we generate in our daily lives is organic materials. From food scraps to used coffee grounds, we create hundreds of kilograms in organic waste just from disposed of food every year.

What if you could turn all of that organic waste into something rich and useful? An increasing number of people are starting their very own compost bins in the yard, which can be used to help grow more fruitful, beautiful plants. Whether you want to start a vegetable garden or simply want better-blooming flowers, the tricks of starting a compost bin require virtually no new items besides the waste you already generate.

Repurpose Usable Items

We have truly become a waste-driven society, throwing away plenty of items that could provide additional value with a little bit of ingenuity and imagination. Ultimately, you certainly have plenty of items that can be repurposed to extend their useful lives and reduce overall waste around the home.

From reusing paper and/or plastic bags wherever possible to repurposing old jars and containers for future use, the sky is the limit when it comes to being creative. The longer you can keep items useful and out of the rubbish bin, the less of an impact you’ll be having on pollution and over-consumption.

Sharing With Others

Are there items in your home that you’re planning on tossing out, but that might have value to others? All too often we toss out items that are still functional or usable. This kind of wasteful behaviour should be avoided at all costs – especially when there are so many others suffering.

Your local charity bin or shelter may be in dire need of various items. Clothes, kitchenware, and even decorative items may all still be usable, even if we do not want them anymore. A couple of quick phone calls to these entities will help you sort through which items they can use and which ones they cannot. Many will even pick-up the items from your home at no charge, making it easy to dispose of them in a responsible manner.

When we think about “waste”, our minds generally default to disposal. Nevertheless, there are plenty of ways we can get more use out of items slated for the rubbish heap. Whether you wish to recycle them, repurpose them, create compost, or simply share usable items with others, you have plenty of options that are both environmentally and ethically superior alternatives.

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

1 Comment

  • I agree with every single word in this post. There are many ways for everyone of us to reduce the waste sent to landfill. Even in the cases when there is no way to recycle, repurpose, compost or donate it is for the best to count on professional to deal with waste.

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