Waste disposal remains one of today’s biggest challenges in the world. Improper disposal of waste products causes serious impact on the Earth’s natural ecosystem, which affects millions of lives.
According to data analyzed by The Canadian Press, the average Ontarian produces 385 kgs of waste every year. While most countries use landfills to dispose of our garbage, waste can create serious problems (like air and soil pollution) that are harmful to the environment and human health.
While many people express a genuine interest in saving Mother Earth, the first step should be taken in our homes. Here are some simple tips to effectively reduce household waste:
1. Buy Wisely – You are probably familiar with the phrase “quality over quantity.” This philosophy applies to minimizing household waste. Buying high-quality items that don’t wear out (and get thrown out) saves money and the environment. Really good shoes, appliances, clothing, and toys don’t wear out easily and can be passed on to others when they’re used but still working.
2. Refuse Plastic Bags – When shopping, use reusable bags instead of one-use plastic bags. One-use plastics comprise a significant proportion of most household waste. Take reusable, cloth bags with you when shopping for groceries, and if you live in a city like Toronto that recycles plastic bags, put them in the blue bin.
3. Start Composting – The majority of what we throw in the trash can be composted and used as organic fertilizer. Composting goes well beyond having free fertilizer for your garden. It is a sustainable strategy in household waste reduction, preserving nutrient cycle, and preventing air pollution. Certain municipalities collect compostable waste and make it into resellable soil. Contact your town administrators about starting a program like this.
4. Cancel Junk Mail – Many people receive a large number of catalogs and advertisements that go directly to the trash every week. Unsubscribing from junk mail (and putting a label on your mailbox that says “no junk mail”) can significantly reduce the amount of household trash. Subscribe online to receive email updates, sale notifications, and flyers.
5. Repurpose/Donate Old Items – Instead of throwing away old and unused items, think of a way to repurpose them. For example, old clothes and towels can be used as rags for household cleaning or donated as bedding at an animal shelter. Use an old toothbrush to clean grout. Old books and magazines can be donated to your town library or schools.
6. Stop Buying Plastic Water Bottles – Water bottles and paper coffee cups are among the common household and general environmental waste. The ocean is filled with plastic. Buy a durable, reusable water bottle and coffee thermos or mug you can take wherever you go.
Rent a durable garbage bin in London, Ontario with a company that cares about the environment. Hire a reliable waste management service to remove garbage and recycling in a safe and clean way. Call M&M Disposal & Bin Rental at (519) 649-6440. We have well-trained employees to handle household and construction waste and dispose of it properly.