Do You Know the Various Types of Bins? The Difference Between your Red, Green and Yellow Bins

6 July 2018
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If you use rubbish bins regularly then you will have noticed that they are available in different colours. The colours on the bins are not coincidental. They do in fact stand for something. Each bin should be used to dispose of specific kinds of waste so as to make rubbish management easier. Improper sorting of your waste inconveniences waste managers as they will have to sort out the trash before sending them to their final destinations. Below is a brief guide on how to use the different coloured bins.

Red Bin

The red rubbish bin is specifically for waste materials that cannot be recycled. These include synthetic materials such as polythene papers, polystyrene, broken mirrors, broken dishware, shredded wires, damaged bulbs, sanitary products, baby diapers, pet refuse, and any other material that seems unusable according to your judgement.

The components of the red bin either end up in incineration or in a land fill. The purpose of this sorting activity is to ease rubbish management. Not only does is make it easier for the rubbish disposal companies to manage the waste, it also cultivates consciousness in you the disposer. You will be more careful of how you use and dispose items.

Yellow Bin

The Yellow bin is for recyclable material. You will be amazed to know that almost 90% of Australia's rubbish ends up recycled or reused. This puts the country among the top when it comes to rubbish management.

There are many things that can be recycled that you may not know about. A good way of deciding whether or not something can be recycled is to check its damage level. Things like broken light bulbs have definitely met their end, but what about plastic bottles or old newspapers?

Any form of paper that can be used in books or magazines is recyclable. So are cardboards and cartons. All tetra packs and containers that you buy food and drinks in are also recyclable. Including glass jars and bottles.

 In fact, before throwing them away, consider reusing these containers around your house. You can make a homemade irrigation scheme for your backyard garden or create candle holders with the small yoghurt cups. But if you do want to get rid of them then place them inside the yellow bin.

Green Bin

Just as its colour suggests, this bin takes in green waste. This mostly means plant waste such as cut grass, fallen leaves, pruned branches and food waste. Whether they are eggshells, bones or just leftover food, this is the bin to put them in. Adhering to the bin colour codes contributes greatly to the nation's efforts in rubbish management thereby creating a cleaner and healthier environment.