It’s the time of the week that everyone dreads; bin night. For families up and down the country, this is where you collect all of your rubbish and set it out for collection. When you say it like that, it doesn’t sound very hard at all. What’s there to worry about!? All you have to do is throw out a couple of bin bags for the rubbish people to pick up. But how do you organise the rubbish in your home?
Well…if only it were that simple! Nowadays, you have lots of different rules and regulations surrounding waste disposal and management. It can differ depending on where you are in the country. In some parts of the UK, general waste gets picked up every week, and recycling is collected every two weeks. There’s also garden waste collected every two weeks, usually alternating with recycling. In other areas, recycling and general waste collections are switched around. So, you have general waste every two weeks with the garden waste, but recycling every week. To complicate things further, you’ve got different recycling categories, meaning you have to separate your waste into different piles. Again, some parts of the UK differ in how these are collected – some collect all recycling in one go, others have specific days of the week for it. Let’s not forget the food waste, which counts as your recycling and is collected with that.
Overall, you can see why this is a big burden for many families. You’re busy enough as it is; the last thing you need is to spend time dealing with your rubbish. To help you out, I’ve written a brief guide that goes over a few of the main issues you may have. Hopefully, this makes it easier for your household to deal with its waste!
Get the correct info from your local council
The best place to start is by getting all of the information you need for your local area. This way, you can’t go wrong and will avoid missing collections. Head to this website: https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council, and it will help you find your local council’s website. From here, find your way to the recycling & waste management section. It should be easy to find, and this will provide all the key information you require.
Two main things need to be looked at:
- The date of your collections
- What can and can’t be recycled
The second one is so important as it basically tells you what to put in each bag/box. You’ll know if you have to separate your recycled items as well. Anything that can’t be recycled can be put in your black bin bags for general waste removal. At this stage, you will have the vital information to help you deal with all of your bins on bin night.
Set reminders on your calendar
Knowing your collection dates and remembering them are two different things! It’s so easy to mix things up and forget what week you’re on. You should set reminders on your phone to tell you what needs to be taken out on which week. Funnily enough, some council websites let you sign up for email reminders through them. If you can do this, I highly recommend it. They won’t just tell you what needs to be collected; they’ll also email you on special occasions – like Christmas and Bank Holidays. On dates like these, collection dates can vary, so it helps to have an email preparing you for what’s happening.
With reminders set up, you have no excuse for putting the wrong thing out on the wrong week. It will ensure that you prepare the right waste and don’t end up with an uncollected bag on your doorstep!
Get a wheelie bin to store your waste outside
Over a week, you will amass a lot of waste – especially with a relatively large family. Then, factor in the different collection times for your local area. You will often need to hold onto waste for two weeks before it is collected. This can either be recycling waste or non-recyclable. Either way, it’s not nice having it lying around the house while you wait. Especially if there’s food waste or other types of smelly waste in the bags!
Now, the obvious answer is to put the bags in your garage or garden shed. But what if you don’t have either of these? Or, what if you don’t want smelly bags in these places? The only other option is to leave them outside, which invites pests to come sniffing around. If you live near the sea, you know how bad seagulls are – they tear through bin bags like it’s their day job! To counter this, you could buy some wheelie bins. They aren’t the most attractive things to have in your front/back garden, but there/s another way around this. You can see on https://www.wheeliebinstorage.co.uk/ that there are some storage options for your wheelie bins. In essence, you can hide them in a neater little storage area, which should avoid issues where the bins might blow away or look ugly.
With wheelie bins, you can keep your rubbish out of your house until it needs to be collected. Also, you have the additional advantage of avoiding things like ripped bags overnight.
Separate as you throw things away
This might sound obvious to some, but it needs to be mentioned in case you’re doing things the wrong way. It’s tempting to throw out your rubbish and separate it the night before the collection. This saves time during the week, but it will be a nightmare the day before! Instead, you should separate things as you throw them away. Use the information from the council website to determine what needs to go where. I suggest printing it out and sticking it to the wall above your bins. Now, you can look at your rubbish and decide where it should go.
There you have it: my guide to dealing with your household waste and rubbish in your home. This will help you handle the ongoing waste that your family creates every week. For things like dealing with clutter from a big clear out, it’s always best to go to your local recycling centre. Here, you can throw large items away and recycle as much as possible.
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.