What’s Your New Year’s Resolution When It Comes to Waste?

The new year is a great time to reset, identify goals, and make a plan. Many of us make personal resolutions, to do with working out more, drinking less, and eating healthier. But we all know what happens a few months later…

When it comes to dealing with rubbish in Sydney, the new year is the ideal time to formulate some fantastic waste management goals. Whether you run a business, work for a large company, or simply want to do better at dealing with rubbish at home, now is the time for meaningful change.

At Sydney City Rubbish, dealing with waste is what we do, and we’re good at it! We understand what kinds of waste people and businesses struggle with. What’s more, we know exactly what people need to reduce their waste and have a more positive impact on the environment.

As we move into 2023, here are a few things that you can do to reduce your waste, and deal with existing waste in a more sustainable manner.

Resolve to reduce your waste

The first step in dealing with rubbish is to resolve to reduce your waste. If this is your new year’s resolution, well done! Now, you just have to make it happen. This is how.

First of all, identify your waste

It’s impossible to take meaningful action to reduce your waste without first working out what you actually throw away each week. That may be paper and cardboard, common plastics like packaging and bottles, or organic waste like food scraps and clippings from your garden. Once you have an idea of what you’re throwing away, you can focus on the source.

Take actions to reduce the waste at the source

What you do to reduce the waste is going to depend on the rubbish itself. For instance, if you find that you produce a lot of paper and cardboard, start purchasing items that aren’t packed in cardboard. If that’s to do with your processes, then use more digital applications, instead of using paper and printing documents.

If food waste is the issue, then it’s up to you and your family or colleagues to make a concerted effort to change your habits. That might include ordering smaller portions, being mindful of what you order, and composting the green waste that is produced. That prevents it from entering external waste streams.

Repurpose and reuse

Depending on which way you look at it, this may not fall under ‘reduce’. However, if you’re able to reuse an item, this can be seen as reducing the waste at the source. That’s because the item itself isn’t entering the waste stream, and is instead being utilised for another purpose! All in all, that’s an excellent result, and contributes toward reducing waste in many settings.

Recycle more

Saying ‘recycle more’ sounds like a bit of a cop-out. But we’re going to delve into how you can do that, and stay on top of the waste in your home, office, or other premises.

Get the right receptacles

Too many businesses and homes don’t utilise special bins for paper and plastic. Sure, every household has a dedicated recycling bin… but many homes don’t actually use these bins as they should. And the same goes for offices, industrial businesses, retail stores and many other organisations around Sydney.

Don’t bag recyclables

Bagging your recyclables makes the entire process of sorting and recycling them much more difficult. On top of that, the bags may be mistaken for general waste, and thrown into landfills without closer inspection. Many people throw their paper and plastics into a bag, tie the bag up and drop it into the recycling bin… but in the end, this makes life much more difficult.

Gamify it!

Making a game out of recycling is a great way to get more people onboard. Whether it’s your kids, your employees or colleagues, keep a chart of who has recycled what. At the end of the week or the month, whoever has recycled the most wins some kind of prize. That might be a toy for your kids, or a free lunch for your employees.

Help out around the community

Getting involved in community waste reduction and recycling programs is a great way to do your part. Community may include your colleagues, employees, family, neighbours, sporting team mates and much more. Involvement can come in a range of ways. There may already be initiatives that you can join, like a weekly park cleanup or sustainability seminars. If there isn’t anything going, you could always start your own green team.

Office junk cleanout

If you’re a business owner and your organisation is office based, there’s no better time for an office junk cleanout in Sydney. Starting the new year with a fresh space (and a fresh outlook) is a great way to make 2023 an excellent year. That’s why you need to hire an expert office junk removal company in Sydney.

At Sydney City Rubbish, we’re the best in the business when it comes to dealing with office junk and commercial waste. Whether it’s furniture, large recyclables, office strip-out waste or something else, we’ll remove it safely and swiftly. You can count on us to get the job done!

Get in touch with Sydney City Rubbish today for a free quote.

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