You may think you know it all about reusing and decomposing items. But what if all you know is quite not true? Most people are quite often misguided about why and how we reuse things, so be informed of these four myths about going green.
Biodegradable items are a panacea
One commonplace delusion liked to waste management is the idea that biodegradable items decay on their own thus environment friendly. Is this true? Well No! In order to be decay, biodegradable items should come into contact with oxygen, but being exposed to oxygen becomes hard when these items are dumped into a massive landfill with a bunch of other trash. So rather than decomposing, these ‘ecofriendly’ articles emit methane, which then feed in toxic greenhouse gases. You may think that these ecofriendly items fit in better inside a garbage lot rather than in a waste compactor, but in reality, by doing so you are doing more harm than good.
Compost bins look out of place
Although most waste bins that sort items usually come in either green or blue in a standard shape, you can easily find some trendy looking bins. You don’t have to look for a bulky balers for sale or an ordinary compost bin to manage your household waste, simply look for uncommon waster bins with an artistic touch. Ikea stores or lifestyle stores will have plenty of trendy options to select from. Or you could make your own compost bin with a help of a DIY tutorial.
Someone else will separate trash
Some home owners are guided by the idea that waste materials get sorted at the junkyard, so they don’t have to separate household waste. Wrong! Once your garbage is put into the truck with bunch of other trash, no one at the garbage dump will separate them into degradable items and non-degradable articles. It is your responsibility to dispose trash the right way. If you decide to skip this step, no one will be doing it for you.
Plastic #5 cannot be decomposed
Items made from plastic #5 such as plastic caps, straws, yoghurt cups, pill bottles and margarine containers require a different processing method to be decomposed than plastic bottles which are usually made from plastic #2. However, with advanced technology, many waste management centers now have the equipment’s to recycle bottles and caps together. However, just to be on the safer side, check with your garbage management company if you’d have to remove caps from bottles before sending to be decomposed.