Winter is almost over, and that means that many households across Australia are getting ready for some annual spring cleaning. But before you dive into deep-cleaning, de-cluttering and filling up that kerbside bin, why not look for ways to make the coming year the greenest ever. With that in mind, here are a few spring-cleaning tips for going green. If you are looking for cheap skip bins in Perth, check out our homepage.
- Recycle Your Electronics Today’s houses have more disused electronics and gadgets than ever before. Just think of the volume of old laptops, cameras, smartphones, keyboards, mouses, baby monitors and remotes that can accumulate in one house over time. Throwing these away introduces heavy metals and dangerous chemicals into the environment. Don’t toss electronics in the skip! Instead, look for a local recycler. You may even receive cash for some of the items.
- Opt for Greener Cleaners Before you start scrubbing, mopping and de-dusting, take inventory of the chemicals you’re exposing yourself and the environment to. There are plenty of highly effective, eco-friendly cleaning products on the market. Check out this guide for a few ideas of what’s available, and consider trying a few of them out this year.
- Don’t Discard – Donate! If you’ve hired a skip to help with a major housecleaning project, then you’ll find it easier than ever to cut through the items you no longer need and get them out of your life. But before you throw away clothes that are still wearable, consider donating them to a thrift store or local charity. Producing one new article of clothing creates as much as 12kg of CO2. Imagine the difference made if more people bought, sold or donated second-hand clothing!
- Upgrade Your Light bulbs If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to switch out all of your traditional light bulbs for compact fluorescents. Compact fluorescents cost more, but they last much longer and consume much less energy than standard filament bulbs. In other words, you’ll reduce your house’s energy consumption and save money on the bill at the same time.
- Consider Going Meatless Once a Week Whilst you’re cleaning out the fridge, consider going meatless once a week for the next month or so. Even a dyed-in-the-wool carnivore can usually manage skipping their favourite protein ever so often so long as it’s for a good cause. Many people don’t realise how resource intensive raising livestock is – or the volume of greenhouse gas it produces. Just skipping meat for one meal a week provides our world with major benefits.
Finally, for those who are hiring a residential bin to assist with the clean-up, your provider will also be able to help with some of the recycling. For the most reputable service providers, recycling is an integral part of their business model, and they’ll automatically sort out certain recyclables and see to it that they are forwarded to the appropriate processing centres. With that in mind, ask your bin provider about their recycling policies before settling on a particular service.