Monday, 10 July 2017

The Problem of E-Waste and How it is Dealt with



The average Australian household today has a huge number of electronic items whether it be phones, computers or whatever else. And at some point, it’s all going to be obsolete; it’s going to be junk. Indeed, Australia’s volume of e-waste is increasing three times as quickly as general waste. So it pays to be mindful of how this waste is disposed of and steps we can take to make this process as efficient as possible. Read on to find out more about e-waste and the issues surrounding it.

What is E-Waste?


E-waste covers a wide range of electrical equipment that is obsolete and no longer in use or functioning at all. This includes old computer equipment,
 televisions, cables, kitchen appliances such as toasters, lamps, air conditions and heaters,  vacuum cleaners and mobile/landline phones to name a few. As you can imagine, we produce a great of e-waste as a country and we are constantly updating our electrical equipment in modern times, where technology is improving rapidly.

Also, this kind of waste can contain any number of materials and metals such as copper and even lead. This fact alone makes them potentially dangerous to dispose of as we would other types of wastes and hence we categorised them differently.

How is E-Waste Disposed of?



So what exactly do we do with all this junk? This kind of waste can’t simply be thrown in a landfill, it will take a serious toll on the environment and can take any number of years to discompose.

Rather, it needs to be broken down into materials that are environmentally-friendly. The difficulty is that e-waste can contain a number of different materials within it so the process is essentially about separating these materials and disposing of them accordingly. To do this, the first step is to sort through this equipment, removing any copper materials or batteries, which are dealt with separately. Then the remaining equipment is effectively shredded, broken down into small parts that are much more manageable.

At this point, waste disposal experts need to be sure to remove traces of steel and iron and they do so with the use of magnets. Other metals such as aluminium and copper are also removed. These metals can be sold on and used in the manufacturing of other products. Some items also have glass and plastic content, which obviously need to be separated with the use of water.

At the end of the process, you have a range of raw materials that are then recycled.

What Should I Do with My E-Waste?



While the volume of e-waste is rapidly increasing, we are not yet at a point where most councils are able to process and dispose of it correctly. So if you throw it into one of your rubbish bins and have the council pick it up, chances are it will end up in a land fill, which is not ideal considering the negative effects it can have on the environment.

You do have the option of placing your e-waste out to be collected during annual council rubbish collection, however, keep in mind that you should erase all data off the equipment if it is still able to be operated. People will often take on monitors or computer parts that are left out for pickup.

Otherwise, get in touch with a waste disposal or skip bin hire company that provide e-waste recycling services. They will take care of everything including pick up, transport and sorting through the e-waste and disposing of it correctly. You can speak to a bin hire service in Melbourne today if you have any further questions.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Hazardous Household Waste Items You Should Be Aware Of

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Given that waste disposal is something that we all need to do, it pays to know a little bit about the kinds of different wastes we produce around the house and even at work. Some items, for example, can be hazardous not only to the environment but to our own health too. Importantly, many of these cannot be legally disposed of with your other regular trash items.

A good bin hire service provider or waste disposal professional will be able to dispose of these items in an environmentally-friendly way. It is, however, important that you identify and possibly limit hazardous items in your home, disposing of them thoughtfully and responsibly.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common hazardous waste items you may have around the house.


Household Cleaners


There are many cleaning products on the market that contain toxic chemicals. These can pose a risk to your family and often produce fumes that can be quite harmful. We’d highly recommend always looking for natural, bio-friendly cleaning products when you’re at the supermarket, as there are plenty of highly competent ones out there.


Batteries


Used batteries generally contain heavy metal and if not disposed of correctly, leakages can occur that are quite harmful to the environment. Under these circumstances, the pollution can damage soil and water. The majority of people will dispose of alkaline batteries in the regular trash, which is usually fine. However, we’d recommend looking at investing in rechargeable batteries if you can.

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Lead-acid batteries, such as car batteries, are a different story altogether. The lead and/or sulphuric acid that is contained inside them is corrosive, posing a risk to health and safety. Car batteries should usually be taken to a hazardous waste drop-off point.


Paint, Solvents and Paint Thinners


If you’re renovating or brushing up around the house, the best thing to do with leftover paint is to quite simply use it at a later date. More to the point, you should try to buy as much paint as is needed for the job - obviously, this is sometimes easier said than done. We’d generally recommend that you buy organic, water-based paint if possible as this is more environmentally friendly. If there is simply no way to use your leftover paint, try to give it away to a friend. Remember that you should never be running it down the drain or throwing it in with your regular trash under any circumstances. If worst comes to worst, get in touch with a waste contractor.


Tyres


Tyres remain one of the most problematic household waste products, given that a large percentage are dumped illegally and many end up in land-fill. They are also often burned in stockpiles, which poses serious health and environment risks, releasing toxic gases in the process.

Luckily, the material from used tyres can be used for other things, and there are places you can take them to ensure they’ll be recycled. You can also arrange for disposal of your tyres when originally purchasing them in some cases.

Remember that there are many resources online that can provide additional information about how to properly dispose of hazardous waste materials, so if you’re unsure you can always do some research online.

Monday, 28 November 2016

How the Council is Helping to Keep Public Spaces Clean


If you’re like us, you know the importance of keeping the environment healthy. Concern for the environment is on the rise and more and more people are starting to recognise that we all need to do our bit to ensure the planet’s well-being for future generations. This not only means reducing our impact on the environment and trying to keep our carbon footprint to a minimum, but also helping to keep public spaces clean. 


Let’s look at a few of the things communities have been doing to help ensure that this happens.



More Rubbish Bins



You’ll notice that there are more rubbish bins than ever before in the street, in parks and in other public places. It stands to reason that this encourages people to use rubbish bins; people are rarely littering on purpose and will generally put rubbish were it belongs if there is a bin nearby. Nowadays, it’s also about having the public sort their waste according to bins for glass, paper and cardboard and food waste. More bins have cigarette trays as well, which can encourage smokers to bin their butts.



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Cleanliness breeds cleanliness; if people see that a park is sparkling clean, for instance, they’re less likely to litter themselves. That why it’s been important for these areas to be properly staff by cleaners and council workers. Keeping a clean public space increases the likelihood that it will remain clean. Festivals organisers, for instance, will always invest in grounds staff to take care of the litter problem, which they know is inevitable.




Prohibiting of Alcohol and Smoking



Part of the reason that alcohol is prohibited in some parks and on the streets is the litter problem. People loitering around these areas drinking are much more likely to litter than if they were doing so in the comfort of their homes or at a licensed venue. Of course, this is not the case for all parks, and often these rules won’t be enforced unless it’s taken to excessive lengths.

There are also rules against smoking in some parks and certain public places, again lessening the impact of cigarette butts in these areas. Studies show that 50% of littered items are cigarette butts, which is a staggering proportion. As time goes on, laws that encourage people to do most of their smoking at home may help to reduce this figure.



Fining Litterers


Unfortunately, it’s inevitable that people will litter and it can be difficult to spot them.

Ensuring that there are strict fines in place can act as a deterrent and reduce the amount of littering in the community. It’s also important that people are aware that there are fines, so having signs around reminding people has been important too. In one sense, littering like speeding on the roads, which can be lessened, but never fully stamped out, by putting fines in place.


These are just a few of the ways councils have been trying to tackle the littering problem to ensure public places stay clean. Community awareness is also very important in order to lessen our impact on the environment and the cost not only to the planet, but to us as well. If you’re looking for more information about waste management and bin hire in Dandenong and surrounding suburbs, speak to the team at Metro Bin Hire today.