When it comes to skip bin practices, how would you rate your efforts? Do you know what to put in every bin? Do you segregate? Do you care to know what happens to the waste collected?
If all your answers are yes, you deserve a tap on the back for caring enough. If not, it’s not yet late to try.
The people of Kwik Skips share a few information about yellow and green bins that contain recyclable items.
There are four types of recyclable items allowed for a yellow bin. These include all types of paper or cardboard containers, glass bottles and jars, aluminium and steel cans, and plastic containers.
These are brought to the Regional Resource Recovery Centre where a machine segregates the items for selling or recycling.
Points to Remember
Make sure the containers, bottles and food packaging are empty and clean; remove the lids. Containers must not be flattened, and the items are loose. There should be no hazardous waste. Food scraps, plastic bags, clothing, ceramics, and oil containers are not allowed.
This bin contains items that can be recycled for farming. People also call this waste composting bin. Allowable contents are organic and household waste, grass clippings, and small pruning.
These go to the Waste Composting Facility, which is also one of the three resource recovery facilities under the RRRC.
Points to Remember
Do not include items that can contaminate compost, such as glass, medical waste and needles, construction materials, battery and other hazardous wastes. Wastes from green bins are sorted out to remove large and dangerous items before moving them to large compost bins. Inorganic waste undergoes screening twice — the first one takes place when moving the waste to giant sheds while the second one serves as further processing of waste to be used in parks, farms and gardens.
Making an effort to know about waste collection leads to an easier process, which, in turn, brings about a cleaner, safer environment. Practice what you learn, and see the difference.