Different types of waste need to be disposed of differently, to cause the least amount of harm to the environment. There are 3 main types;
• Food and garden waste
• Mixed dry recyclable waste
• Non-recyclable waste
Most local councils provide residents with bins to separate these 3 types of waste and will collect them for you.
Food and garden waste
This consists of cooked and uncooked food of any kind including
• Pasta, rice and potatoes
• Food scraps
• Paper towels and tissues
• Fruit and vegetables
• Meat, fish and bones
• Tea bags and coffee grounds
This is biodegradable and is usually converted into compost for fertilisation of soil and is least harmful to the environment.
Garden waste consists of tree bark, leaves, weeds, flowers, hay, shrubs and vegetarian pet waste like rabbits and hamsters.
Mixed dry recyclable waste
• Cans- aerosol cans, food cans
• Cardboard- toilet roll, old boxes
• Paper- magazines, newspapers, paperback books
• Glass- old jam jars, bottles
• Plastic- cleaned out yoghurt pots, margarine dishes, empty plastic bottles, carrier bags
Makes sure to clean out any food waste in these before recycling, as a small amount can ruin a large batch of recyclable waste.
This waste is likely to go into landfill sites or it is incinerated to be used as electricity. It’s advisable to keep this waste to a minimum. Ideally this should be the smallest pile every week. This waste consists of
• disposable nappies
• used make up wipes, cotton buds
• pet waste
• vacuum waste
• cigarette ends and ashtrays
paint, chemicals, batteries, small electrical goods should not be thrown into regular waste bin. These need to be disposed of in a special way. Bulky waste needs to be collected by waste removal company. Old clothes and shoes should ideally be bagged up and given to charity or put in a charity deposit bin.