Waste Can Wait - Managing Waste at Home
With the government advising many of us to stay at home it might be an idea to try and manage the amount of waste being created in your household. We've put together a list of tips, advice and ideas that might help keep your bin from over-flowing.
Grey bin overflowing?
With everyone at home all of the time its not just tempers that can overflow. We are all eating more, drinking more, buying more stuff to try and keep ourselves entertained - and that means more rubbish ending up in the bin! Here are our top tips to keep your waste in check -
Are you recycling everything you can?
There's loads of packaging that can go in your blue blue saving space in your grey bin for the things that can't. Check our blue bins page for the latest info.
And remember the brown bin now takes food and garden waste and is collected fortnightly. Just remember to put food waste in the bin loose, in a compostable bag or wrapped in newspaper.
Know your collection days
There's nothing worse than having a full bin and finding out you've missed the collection and have to wait two weeks for the next one! You can check your collection days, sign up to email reminders, download a pdf calendar or download dates straight to the calendar on your phone.
Ramming three black bin bags into your grey bin can cause them to get stuck and even an extra 'dunt' on the bin lorry won't release the vacuum holding the last one in. This leaves you with a half full bin to deal with for the next two weeks. Using smaller bags in your household bins gets round this (think carrier bag sized). You'll probably get more in your wheelie bin overall and they won't get stuck.
Waste that can wait?
Please keep electrical items out of any of your bins at home, they take up lots of space in your bin and can be fully recycled, so hang onto them until the recycling centres reopen! Please don't put batteries in any of your bins, they can cause fires when compacted in bin lorries and at recycling centres and that's the last thing anyone needs right now! Most supermarkets have collection points for used batteries, so you could drop them off when you go for your weekly shop.
Noticed an item of clothing has a hole in? Can you repair it instead of throwing it out? Have a look online for video guides on how to repair clothes Love Your Clothes is a great place to start, and you might learn a new skill! If that's not for you please put them aside until donation points reopen OR reuse old fabrics as cloths.
Get creative with things you would usually throw out. Try and look at waste differently and imagining what you could make it into. If nothing else, it might keep the kids busy for an hour! Check out our Recycling Activities to Try at Home. for some fun ideas.
Being stuck in the house on lockdown can make it tempting to tackle all those DIY and home improvements that have been on your list of things to do for a while. But with Recycling Centres in West Lothian and across the UK closed, maybe now isn't the time to tackle anything big. If you have large items of household waste that you would usually have taken to one of our Recycling Centres please keep them safe, dry and secure for when we reopen. Please don't leave any waste outside the Recycling Centres! Leaving waste outside the Recycling Centres or anywhere else is classed as fly tipping and is a criminal offence for which people could be prosecuted.
You could also request a bulky uplift for large items you would like uplifted, you can so using our Bulky Uplift Online Booking form.
Time for a bit of gardening?
We're still collecting brown bins as usual, but if your one of those keen gardeners who needs to make extra trips to the recycling centre with garden waste, things may start to get a bit tricky as we get into the growing season.
Home compost bin - if you have a compost bin and can compost your grass cuttings, hedge trimmings and vegetable peelings please do so.
Compost heap - if you don't have a compost bin, you can set aside an area on the garden as a compost heap. This can be cordoned off with pallets or chicken wire or just a space in an unused corner.
Food for thought
At times like these we all need to make sure we aren't wasting any food. So buy only what you need, store it correctly and use up your leftovers. For more ideas check out our Waste Can Wait - food waste page and Love Food Hate Waste for more tips and recipes.