Life can be so much easier when there is no pressure and you have plenty of time to go through your everyday work and activities, step by step. You may be cleaning up your kitchen at the end of a busy cooking session and know to get rid of a variety of leftovers efficiently by placing each piece in its colour-coded bin. Recycling under no pressure like this can be easy, but it may be a much bigger challenge if you're in the middle of an extensive home renovation, where you simply don't have time for anything. Should you succumb to this pressure and place all of your stuff into a skip bin, or do you need to be much more careful from an environmental perspective?
The Beginning of the Story
The people who supply you with your skip bin have a plan to help you with your indecision and will not simply collect it from your premises and dump everything into a landfill. Quite the contrary, as they will go from your home or business straight to a transfer station for initial processing.
What Goes on Here?
This type of facility has been opened by your local government in concert with the waste industry to try and recover as many materials as they can from your household rubbish. In short, they will do a lot of the donkey work for you and direct much of the good stuff on to a recycling facility. Their objective is to ensure that most of your garbage is recycled and very little of it makes its way to a landfill.
The Bigger Picture
But then again, recycling in its traditional form is only part of the picture here. You may think that everything that can be reused goes back into a process to recreate the same thing again. However, it may be directed into a completely separate industry or broken down and used for energy purposes instead. For example, glass can be crushed as a valuable component in road surfacing, rather than being pushed back into a process to produce new glass. Alternatively, it could be transformed and sent to an energy processing plant as well.
The transfer station is made up of various positions manned by specialist staff. A conveyor belt of waste will pass before them on a continuous basis and will be picked through under the watchful eye of these experts. Not much of your waste will be left by the time it gets to the end of the conveyor, as most of it will have been diverted for recycling, reuse or transformation.
Choosing Your Partner
Always check with your skip bin provider to make sure that they follow this ecologically-sound path and remember that it will be one less thing for you to worry about if so.