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Easter Recycling

Easter Recycling

Easter is a great holiday that most of us spend with family and friends. Some of us are lucky enough to get away for the long weekend. With all of us doing various activities of the break what a lot of us will have in common is the overload of chocolate Easter eggs and hot cross buns. From Easter egg hunts with the kids to gifts from family, there can end up being a huge amount of chocolate. Easter is a time of year that we can indulge a little, after all who doesn’t love a bit of chocolate, and hot cross buns are delicious. But with all the treats coming wrapped in fancy foil and boxes what can we do with all the waste? There is bound to be a heap Easter egg foil, cardboard boxes from chocolates and other gifts and hot cross bun bags. The good news is that we can recycle some of this waste that we accumulate over Easter. All the colourful foil that comes with the chocolate eggs can be scrunched into a ball and placed straight into the recycling bin. Making the foil into a ball ensures that the smaller pieces don’t miss out on the recycling process. Cardboard boxes and cartons that contain chocolate eggs can go straight in the recycling bin as well. It may be a good idea to flatten the boxes so that you have plenty of room for over recyclables. Unfortunately, the bags from the hot cross buns can’t go into your home recycling bin. It is important that these bags don’t go in this bin so the rest of the waste in the bin can go through the recycling process a little easier. Any form of soft plastics, including hot cross bun bags are not suitable for the recycling bin. Soft plastics like hot cross bun bags can be returned to your local Woolworths or Coles REDcycle bin. The Easter long weekend should be a time to relax and enjoy quality time with friends and family. But, we need to remember that we can’t relax our recycling efforts, recycling needs to happen every day of the year. Especially around festive periods when there is usually more waste. If we all take the time to do our bit to recycle we are doing great things in reducing landfill.

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Be Smart, Choose Tap Water

Be Smart, Choose Tap Water

Going about your daily routines whether you’re at work, school or just going for a walk around your local park, you may have come across a water station clearly stating ‘Be Smart, Choose Tap’. These water stations are part of a fantastic program introduced to promote tap water. With over 8000 locations offering free tap water. Stations are set up in parks, sports centers, hospitals, universities and schools all over Victoria. While out through the week I came across one of these stations at Edendale Farm in Eltham and have noticed quite a few around other locations. The Be Smart, Choose Tap initiative is not only great at promoting a healthy way to hydrate, it is also a wonderful way that we can all save a few dollars by not buying bottles and bottles of water every time we are thirsty. It is unbelievable to know that we spend more than $500 million a year on bottled water when we have such great quality water available for free. By not buying bottles of water and other bottled drinks we are also helping the environment. As we all know plastics are causing lots of damage to our environment because they can end up in landfill and take years to decompose. So many bottles also end up in our water ways polluting the water and harming our marine life. This initiative benefits all of the community, is it so handy to be able to fill up your drink bottle at some many locations for free at sporting events, festivals and parks and gardens. It also plays a valuable role in educating our kids about the importance of drinking water and that we don’t always have to buy water. Australia was officially voted second in the world for having great quality water. So there is no reason we shouldn’t be making use of our water. It’s the healthiest option for our bodies to keep hydrated.

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What is E-Waste?

What is E-Waste?

E-waste is a term we are hearing more and more. It is any electrical waste that has a power cord or battery. E-waste includes many different items that are found in every household, schools, offices or shops. Some of these items are fridges, vacuums, washing machines, dishwashers, phones, computers, kettles, toasters and gaming consoles. These electronics can be nearing the end of their useful life and can often be reused, refurbished or recycled. Due to increased technology use this type of waste is growing faster than other general waste in Australia. Some people are always on the hunt for the newest devices and often the old ones get tossed away without a second thought. E-waste has a negative impact on the environment and it is so important that we are disposing of these electronics effectively. Electronics contain toxic materials such as nickel, lead and zinc and these toxins can be released into the atmosphere which affect our air quality. These toxins can also seep into the ground which can make its way to our water ways affecting sea life. When disposed of correctly, e-waste can be recycled and many of the materials found in electronics can be recycled. These materials include copper, plastics, aluminum, iron, silver and glass. The Victorian government is going to ban e-waste from landfill sites from July 2019 and will be encouraging safe management of e-waste. If we all continue to dispose of e-waste in a responsible manner we can make good use of the valuable materials in electronics that can be reused. It will also reduce landfill sizes, reduce greenhouse gases and protect our air and waterways.

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Recycling at your Local Council

Recycling at your Local Council

Recycling is an important issue everywhere. Here at Skip hire Melbourne we do our best to ensure we are recycling as much as we can. As a local business in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, we like to be aware of what is on offer when it comes to recycling and waste management in our local area. We also support and encourage the correct disposal of waste. Many local councils in the northern suburbs provide various services that support waste reduction and recycling. The following are some of the councils in our area that offer excellent waste and recycling services. City of Darebin has a great resource recovery centre located at Kurnai Ave in Reservoir. Residents can drop of items that need special disposal, such as batteries, paint and light globes. Recyclables can also be taken there free of charge. There is also The Outlook Market which sells recycled goods, located at the resource centre. Moreland Council does not have any landfill sites or recycling centre, but does have other services that are helping the environment. The council has established community composting hubs that are run with community gardens. Moreland residents can register to use the hubs if they are unable to compost their food waste at home. Banyule Council has a waste recovery centre located on the corner of Banksia St and Waterdale Rd in Bellfield. Free of charge, residents can dispose of recyclable materials they have from home. These items include glass, cans, plastic containers, and paper, milk and juice cartons. There is also a drop of facility for hazardous materials like paint, batteries and gas cylinders. Moonee Valley Council has a transfer station for waste and recycling. The facility is located on Holems Rd Aberfeldie. This recycling centre is part of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, this means all Moonee Valley residents and businesses can take their old tv’s and computers there to be recycled for free. Nillumbik Council operate a recycling and recovery centre on Yan Yean Rd in Plenty. Residents can dispose of many different waste items free of charge. Some of these items include cardboard, CDs and DVDs, E-Waste, scrap metal and mobile phones. If any items are reusable and in good condition they are donated to The Reuse Shop. At the end of the day it is so important for the future of our environment that we reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill. With so many councils on board supporting recycling it is easier as a community to maintain the environment we live in.

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Recycling and Waste in Melbourne’s CBD

Recycling and Waste in Melbourne’s CBD

The Melbourne CBD is always full of lots of exciting things happening. Thousands of people visit the CBD for either work or just a wonder around the great shops and cafes and restaurants. But, have you ever wondered what happens to the rubbish that some of the many cafes in the CBD produce? The city of Melbourne has many bins all over the streets of the CBD, these bins collect up to 3,500 tonnes of rubbish a year. While the number of visitors and residents increase there have been some innovative ways to manage waste and to also help recycle. Some of Melbourne’s laneways now have garbage compactors and recycling hubs. These hubs are an ideal way for residents and businesses to dispose of waste in one central location. The compactors are accessible anytime using an access card and take garbage bags and compress the waste so that more can fit in. This means some laneways that were once home to numerous bins that were often overfilled and smelly now have one single garbage compactor. The hubs are located in Bullens Lane and Lacey Place in Chinatown, Kirks Lane near the very popular Hardware lane, Caledonian Lane and Balcombe Place. Walking around the CBD you will also notice many rubbish bins. There are approximately 2000 litter bins and 500 cigarette butt bins. There are also recycling bins, these bins are next to a general litter bin and are easily recognised with a yellow recycling symbol. The city has 400 solar smart bins, these bins are a great initiative to help with the growing waste in our city streets. The smart bins are fitted with solar powered sensor that will send out alerts when the bin needs to be emptied. Like the garbage compactors and recycling hubs these bins also use a compacting system to compress waste ensuring that it doesn’t overflow onto the footpath. With many people calling Melbourne home and thousands of visitors each year, it is great to see the City of Melbourne taking important steps in waste management to reduce waste, keep our streets clean and sustain our environment.

Author: Natalie

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Easter Recycling

Easter Recycling

Easter is a great holiday that most of us spend with family and friends. Some of us are lucky enough to get away for the long weekend. With all of us doing various activities of the break what a lot of us will have in common is the overload of chocolate Easter eggs and hot cross buns. From Easter egg hunts with the kids to gifts from family, there can end up being a huge amount of chocolate. Easter is a time of year that we can indulge a little, after all who doesn’t love a bit of chocolate, and hot cross buns are delicious. But with all the treats coming wrapped in fancy foil and boxes what can we do with all the waste? There is bound to be a heap Easter egg foil, cardboard boxes from chocolates and other gifts and hot cross bun bags. The good news is that we can recycle some of this waste that we accumulate over Easter. All the colourful foil that comes with the chocolate eggs can be scrunched into a ball and placed straight into the recycling bin. Making the foil into a ball ensures that the smaller pieces don’t miss out on the recycling process. Cardboard boxes and cartons that contain chocolate eggs can go straight in the recycling bin as well. It may be a good idea to flatten the boxes so that you have plenty of room for over recyclables. Unfortunately, the bags from the hot cross buns can’t go into your home recycling bin. It is important that these bags don’t go in this bin so the rest of the waste in the bin can go through the recycling process a little easier. Any form of soft plastics, including hot cross bun bags are not suitable for the recycling bin. Soft plastics like hot cross bun bags can be returned to your local Woolworths or Coles REDcycle bin. The Easter long weekend should be a time to relax and enjoy quality time with friends and family. But, we need to remember that we can’t relax our recycling efforts, recycling needs to happen every day of the year. Especially around festive periods when there is usually more waste. If we all take the time to do our bit to recycle we are doing great things in reducing landfill.

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Be Smart, Choose Tap Water

Be Smart, Choose Tap Water

Going about your daily routines whether you’re at work, school or just going for a walk around your local park, you may have come across a water station clearly stating ‘Be Smart, Choose Tap’. These water stations are part of a fantastic program introduced to promote tap water. With over 8000 locations offering free tap water. Stations are set up in parks, sports centers, hospitals, universities and schools all over Victoria. While out through the week I came across one of these stations at Edendale Farm in Eltham and have noticed quite a few around other locations. The Be Smart, Choose Tap initiative is not only great at promoting a healthy way to hydrate, it is also a wonderful way that we can all save a few dollars by not buying bottles and bottles of water every time we are thirsty. It is unbelievable to know that we spend more than $500 million a year on bottled water when we have such great quality water available for free. By not buying bottles of water and other bottled drinks we are also helping the environment. As we all know plastics are causing lots of damage to our environment because they can end up in landfill and take years to decompose. So many bottles also end up in our water ways polluting the water and harming our marine life. This initiative benefits all of the community, is it so handy to be able to fill up your drink bottle at some many locations for free at sporting events, festivals and parks and gardens. It also plays a valuable role in educating our kids about the importance of drinking water and that we don’t always have to buy water. Australia was officially voted second in the world for having great quality water. So there is no reason we shouldn’t be making use of our water. It’s the healthiest option for our bodies to keep hydrated.

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What is E-Waste?

What is E-Waste?

E-waste is a term we are hearing more and more. It is any electrical waste that has a power cord or battery. E-waste includes many different items that are found in every household, schools, offices or shops. Some of these items are fridges, vacuums, washing machines, dishwashers, phones, computers, kettles, toasters and gaming consoles. These electronics can be nearing the end of their useful life and can often be reused, refurbished or recycled. Due to increased technology use this type of waste is growing faster than other general waste in Australia. Some people are always on the hunt for the newest devices and often the old ones get tossed away without a second thought. E-waste has a negative impact on the environment and it is so important that we are disposing of these electronics effectively. Electronics contain toxic materials such as nickel, lead and zinc and these toxins can be released into the atmosphere which affect our air quality. These toxins can also seep into the ground which can make its way to our water ways affecting sea life. When disposed of correctly, e-waste can be recycled and many of the materials found in electronics can be recycled. These materials include copper, plastics, aluminum, iron, silver and glass. The Victorian government is going to ban e-waste from landfill sites from July 2019 and will be encouraging safe management of e-waste. If we all continue to dispose of e-waste in a responsible manner we can make good use of the valuable materials in electronics that can be reused. It will also reduce landfill sizes, reduce greenhouse gases and protect our air and waterways.

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Recycling at your Local Council

Recycling at your Local Council

Recycling is an important issue everywhere. Here at Skip hire Melbourne we do our best to ensure we are recycling as much as we can. As a local business in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, we like to be aware of what is on offer when it comes to recycling and waste management in our local area. We also support and encourage the correct disposal of waste. Many local councils in the northern suburbs provide various services that support waste reduction and recycling. The following are some of the councils in our area that offer excellent waste and recycling services. City of Darebin has a great resource recovery centre located at Kurnai Ave in Reservoir. Residents can drop of items that need special disposal, such as batteries, paint and light globes. Recyclables can also be taken there free of charge. There is also The Outlook Market which sells recycled goods, located at the resource centre. Moreland Council does not have any landfill sites or recycling centre, but does have other services that are helping the environment. The council has established community composting hubs that are run with community gardens. Moreland residents can register to use the hubs if they are unable to compost their food waste at home. Banyule Council has a waste recovery centre located on the corner of Banksia St and Waterdale Rd in Bellfield. Free of charge, residents can dispose of recyclable materials they have from home. These items include glass, cans, plastic containers, and paper, milk and juice cartons. There is also a drop of facility for hazardous materials like paint, batteries and gas cylinders. Moonee Valley Council has a transfer station for waste and recycling. The facility is located on Holems Rd Aberfeldie. This recycling centre is part of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, this means all Moonee Valley residents and businesses can take their old tv’s and computers there to be recycled for free. Nillumbik Council operate a recycling and recovery centre on Yan Yean Rd in Plenty. Residents can dispose of many different waste items free of charge. Some of these items include cardboard, CDs and DVDs, E-Waste, scrap metal and mobile phones. If any items are reusable and in good condition they are donated to The Reuse Shop. At the end of the day it is so important for the future of our environment that we reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill. With so many councils on board supporting recycling it is easier as a community to maintain the environment we live in.

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Recycling and Waste in Melbourne’s CBD

Recycling and Waste in Melbourne’s CBD

The Melbourne CBD is always full of lots of exciting things happening. Thousands of people visit the CBD for either work or just a wonder around the great shops and cafes and restaurants. But, have you ever wondered what happens to the rubbish that some of the many cafes in the CBD produce? The city of Melbourne has many bins all over the streets of the CBD, these bins collect up to 3,500 tonnes of rubbish a year. While the number of visitors and residents increase there have been some innovative ways to manage waste and to also help recycle. Some of Melbourne’s laneways now have garbage compactors and recycling hubs. These hubs are an ideal way for residents and businesses to dispose of waste in one central location. The compactors are accessible anytime using an access card and take garbage bags and compress the waste so that more can fit in. This means some laneways that were once home to numerous bins that were often overfilled and smelly now have one single garbage compactor. The hubs are located in Bullens Lane and Lacey Place in Chinatown, Kirks Lane near the very popular Hardware lane, Caledonian Lane and Balcombe Place. Walking around the CBD you will also notice many rubbish bins. There are approximately 2000 litter bins and 500 cigarette butt bins. There are also recycling bins, these bins are next to a general litter bin and are easily recognised with a yellow recycling symbol. The city has 400 solar smart bins, these bins are a great initiative to help with the growing waste in our city streets. The smart bins are fitted with solar powered sensor that will send out alerts when the bin needs to be emptied. Like the garbage compactors and recycling hubs these bins also use a compacting system to compress waste ensuring that it doesn’t overflow onto the footpath. With many people calling Melbourne home and thousands of visitors each year, it is great to see the City of Melbourne taking important steps in waste management to reduce waste, keep our streets clean and sustain our environment.