5 Methods of Waste Disposal

woman composting food waste

Between the range and variety of items that are needed in the home and the growing amounts of trash dumped in landfills each year, effective waste disposal is a necessity. Being aware of all the possible methods will make the task of disposing of waste much easier - not to mention, one of these methods could serve a dual purpose in your life.

1. Recycling

As a result of environmentally friendly practices becoming more paramount, it has become possible to recycle a great number of materials. If your local authority does not undertake collections for recyclable materials, do some research to find out whether there is a recycling center close by and what materials they accept. Setting up separate receptacles for each type of material will reduce the risk of them mixing and make it easier when it comes to recycling.

2. Composting

If you have a garden, consider making use of food waste as compost rather than discarding it. Organic materials such as fruit rind, onion peels, and shredded paper can be collected in a tub before closing the lid, leaving the material to decompose. This can then be added to the soil you use for gardening to provide nutrients, which will aid the growth and quality of your plants. This type of waste disposal is a form of recycling if you grow fruit and vegetables. Crushed up eggshells can also be added to the compost to reduce the pests that affect your plants. For example, slugs and snails will avoid the eggshells.

3. Reuse

The amount of waste disposal can be reduced by carefully considering exactly what you are throwing away. Before automatically discarding items, think about whether it would be possible to wash and reuse them. For example, plastic tubs, such as those that contained butter or ice cream, can become effective storage containers for a range of small items, such as nails or screws. Scrap paper that would otherwise be thrown away can be used for notes and lists that are required around the house.

4. Animal Feed

Don’t overlook a pet’s capacity to be an effective waste disposal. Retain vegetable peels and food scraps to feed small animals such as hamsters and rabbits. Large meat bones will often be greatly received by the family dog. If you have livestock, use leftover food to feed your animals if it is appropriate to do so. Animals such as as pigs are indiscriminate when it comes to their diet and will tend to eat whatever they are given. If you do not keep animals but live in a rural area, determine whether any of your neighbors keep animals and whether they could make use of food waste.

5. Firewood

A significant amount of waste disposal can be required when it comes to refurbishing a home or replacing furniture. Rather than discarding furniture, cut it up into more manageable pieces and use of as firewood. Even if you don’t make use of a wood burning stove, you are likely to find it easy to find others that do. In addition, it may even enable you to make a little extra money by offering it for sale. Burning items for heat or fuel would also be suitable for other items that do not contain any toxic materials.