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Seven ways to manage trash without using plastic bags

Manage trash without using plastic bags

Bin liner is a disposable bag that is used to contain rubbish. These bags are used to line the insides of waste containers to prevent its interiors getting coated in thrown away materials. Most bin liners or garbage bags are made out of green or black colored plastic. However, at the end of the day these plastic bags end up in the dump, which is not a good option. A plastic, as we all know doesn’t decompose for nearly 1000 years. The hard caused to nature is also uncountable. So how do we reduce this usage of plastic? Instead of plastic shopping bags we use cloth bags, which but obviously can’t be used as bin liners. The answer to this question is, start bifurcating the garbage and composting the food waste.

Here are some ways to manage trash without making use of plastic bags.

1. Separate your rubbish

The easiest thing to avoid plastic liners is to use several bins to divide garbage. Make use of at least three containers in order to manage rubbish without using plastics. Use one for non recyclables, second for recyclables and third one for food scraps. You can break down the bifurcation further making use of more bins.

2. Bins don’t need to be bins

Today you can mainly find that are designed in a way to hold plastic bags as well as manage all types of rubbish. To separate rubbish without using plastic, you can also make use of any box or container, which need not necessarily be a bin. It can also fit the space and at the same time handle your rubbish properly. The box or the container that has food scraps will need a lid to avoid breeding of flies and any stink coming out, rest ones can be kept open. Always keep your food scrap container close by and make sure you empty and clean it on regular basis.

Use all the glass containers and jars that you never need as bins instead of buying new storage containers again.

3. Composting

Composting is not as difficult as it sounds to be. It is a natural way of recycling stuffs. The process biodegrades food waste, leaves, manure, grass trimmings, wood, paper, crop residue and feathers, which are also known as organic waste and turns them into an organic fertilizer. It is carried out under restricted aerobic conditions. Various microorganisms, such as fungi and bacteria, break down this organic matter to simpler substances. The efficiency of the composting process solely depends on the environmental conditions that are present in the composting system, i.e., temperature, oxygen, moisture, organic matter material disturbance, as well as size and activity of microbial populations.

4. Differentiate recyclables from your non recyclables

Before you start with anything it is important to differentiate the recyclables from non recyclable garbage. You can always get several recyclable stuffs from your kitchen and bathroom.

While you shop avoid plastics in products and packaging as your non recyclable bin should be the least used bin in the house.

5. Rinse your rubbish

Remember to rinse everything before putting it down to the bin, especially milk cartons and yogurt containers. It should be done to make sure that no food remains are left in recyclable and non recyclable containers. And recycling is done easily and efficiently if the materials are clean, most of the time unclean containers are not recycled. So to avoid such circumstances make sure all your rubbish is clean and dry.

6. Start a garden

Well this is a nice and a trickier option. You can make use of all the compost made out of the food waste in your own garden. This won’t require you to buy manure from the market for your plants and at the same time the organic resultant of the compost process would be far more nutritive making your garden look more beautiful

7. Buy boneless meat

Purchase meat cuts without bones as meat is bit difficult to handle. So to avoid the hassle buy boneless meat pieces.

If you begin to recycle as much garbage as you can and start to compost your food waste, the need for bin liner would not exist at all. Instead of using bin liner, put rubbish directly into your household bin and transfer it to the larger council rubbish bag when required. After this rinse the bin and use the water in your garden.

Recycling old newspapers is a good option. You can wrap some sheets to line your bin. This will reduce the mess keeping the bin clean and is at the same time a good substitute to replace plastic liners.

You can also buy biodegradable bags as an alternative to plastic garbage bags.

Dr Prem Jagyasi and Team

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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