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What is Waste Sorting and How Can It Help Save the Environment?

posted by Chris Valentine
What is Waste Sorting all about?

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When it comes to saving the planet, more and more people are taking responsibility and are doing their part to live greener lifestyles. This means that we are living by the rule of the three Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle – more than ever before and everyone from homeowners to business owners are doing their part to be kinder to the environment. How we deal with waste is a big environmental issue and there are lots of dos and don’ts when it comes to what to do to get rid of waste properly.

One thing that should be done as much as possible is recycling and the waste sorting process plays an important role in the world of recycling. When hiring large or mini skip bins in Perth, Auckland, Amsterdam or indeed anywhere in the world, the skip rental company may offer tips on what is known as waste sorting and this basically refers to the division of waste into set categories.

Waste Sorting Overview

Sorting waste is all about splitting items into set bins, such as:

  • Garden waste

  • Plastic

  • Paper and cardboard

  • Metals

  • Wood

  • Glass

However, when renting a skip it is usually ok to put glass with metal, wood, plastic and paper together as these are what are commonly referred to as ‘dry waste’ items and keep wet waste separate – but the skip rental company can answer any questions about what is permitted in each skip.

Wet Waste & Dry Waste

Dry waste is made up of anything that is naturally dry, such as metal and paper while wet waste is defined as the following:

  • Organic waste, such as trees, bushes, plant cuttings and flowers

Wet waste also refers to food that needs to be thrown away but this is something that the majority of skip rental companies don’t allow in their skips.

Why Segregate Waste?

There are many reasons why waste sorting is a good way to save the planet, as it allows recycling plants to place all of the recyclable items together and dispose of what can’t be recycled. Professional companies such as Allmetro Bins are available to offer advice about what can and can’t be put into bins and they will also be able to advise people about how they should sort their waste.

Top Tip: If there is a lot of waste to get rid of, such as when doing a house clearance, it might be worth hiring more than one skip to split the waste up.

Waste sorting can be done manually or with specialist equipment and it is important for the environment to sort waste properly but it is also important for local economies, as the cost of hiring people to sort rubbish is rising and the more that regular people can help with the sorting process; the less pressure there is on local economies.

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