How to dispose of domestic waste the eco-friendly way


A big part of waste clearance is how you do the waste disposal after all is said and done. Rubbish disposal is much trickier than you may think as at the end of a house clearance job you could be left with heaps of rubbish, waiting to be removed. But how do you handle that? Hire a skip for the landfill? Get clearance services over to help? Do your own waste removal? And where do you take it all? There are many questions that should be raised when venturing to do such a job.


But without answering any questions, you should know that the best way for waste disposal is separating the waste. You need different waste heaps at home, different containers for different types of waste so that whoever is in charge of the clearance makes sure that they are taking the right waste to the right place. A lot of times even if you do use a rubbish clearance company, they pile everything up in the van, take it to the recycling centre and let the others do the job. And do you think that the people in the recycling centre will take precious working hours in separating rubbish and sort everything? It’s better done by you, otherwise everything goes literally up into flames and whatever remains gets used. Here is how to make the best waste recycling system for yourself:


The Setup

First of all, get the right containers. When you want to separate rubbish, you want containers for every type of waste you will be recycling. First of all, decide how many containers you will need. The most basic system requires you to have three: one for paper, one for plastic, one for glass. But, ideally, it would be better if you have seven: paper, plastic, glass, metal, batteries and light bulbs, electronics, and organic waste. When you get more experience, you can even explore more options, with different types of plastic, different types of organic waste, and so on and so forth. But starting with the basics is fine. Here is what each one of the containers should contain:


  • ‘Plastic’ Container: This is where you should always throw out your cups, bottles, broken action figures, plastic containers, milk jugs, plastic bags, and pretty much everything that comes with a packaging.
  • ‘Paper’ Container: This is where you throw the old newspapers, magazines, old envelopes, old notebooks or obsolete textbooks, egg cartons, milk carton boxes, cereal boxes, every cardboard item you find (like most of the boxes you used to move with), and other paper items. Do make sure you do not throw out something with personal information written on it.
  • ‘Glass’ Container: Bottles, glass jars, glass shards from broken windows or mirrors, old or broken wine glasses, and so on. Be careful when taking out this bag, because glass cuts in many unexpected ways and you should handle it safely.
  • ‘Metal’ Container: This one is for soda cans, food cans, aluminium items, foil, metal plates, metal tools, stainless steel items, and so on. NB! Do not throw away electronics, even if they are metal! Electronics fall into a completely different category.
  • ‘Batteries and Light Bulbs’ Container: As the name suggests, this is where batteries and light bulbs should go. Here is a faster way to dispose of them as well: put them in a plastic bag, then go to your local supermarket and dump them in their recycling container, since they do systematic recycling as well and they do it properly.
  • ‘Electronics’ Container: And this is where the electronic appliances go. Broken toasters, monitors, keyboards, old heaters, that remote control you threw at the TV last time Messi missed the net, the TV which you broke with the remote control, etc. Everything that is powered by battery or electricity has to go here.
  • ‘Compost’ Container: And here is where all the organic waste goes. Food waste, scraps, used paper napkins and kitchen rolls, grass, sawdust, shavings, and rotten fruits and vegetables. If you are a gardener, this “container” should be a fenced area on your lawn. Dry it up, or Google “compost” if you are unsure what that is, and then fertilise the garden.

With this elaborate waste recycling system you will be on top of the waste management game. All that is left for you to do is to wait for the containers to get filled up and call your local waste clearance company to come for the rubbish collection. Once the van is out, you can continue doing the separation, knowing that you did your duty as a citizen and you helped slow down the pollution. With proper management everything can be achieved and this is how you do green disposal.

Karamel : Communications and Actions