The way we manage our waste has detrimental impacts on our environment, if handled incorrectly, this waste can become a hazardous material. From littering to poor recycling and waste management strategies, there are several ways waste can become mistreated. It is important that we as individuals take responsibility for our rubbish, however, it should also be a responsibility for local authorities and businesses to put appropriate measures in place to accommodate for this too.
Reducing litter whilst increasing recycling rates is immensely important, but it can often be seen as a tedious and difficult task. To tackle this, there are ways you, your councils, businesses, schools, and manufacturers can get creative with their waste management tactics.
This may seem like an oxymoron, but studies by organizations like Hubbub, show stylish, creative, and bright-looking bins, collect high levels of waste. Waste receptacles such as the ‘Big Belly Bins‘ have proven to be a very popular investment into a public area – these brightly coloured, creatively designed bins not only stand out and look attractive, but they often contain certain components a standard bin would not. This includes lighting, noises, separate sorting slots and much more. All of which are encourage waste to be binned correctly rather than just being thrown onto the floor – the colourful style certainly makes it easy to spot.
Whilst on the subject of waste receptacles, always make sure your area, workplace, or household has enough bins – whether that is general waste, recycling or dog waste – there needs to be sufficient numbers to accommodate for footfall in that area. We carried out a recent survey and found that a large percentage of people stated there are not enough bins in their area and believe this is a direct cause of litter. By introducing new, attractive bins around your community and making them known to all residents, it should hopefully see a drop in litter levels.
Clear Recycling Labels & Methods
It is important for manufacturers of products to set specific instructions for the handling of the item after use. Whether it can be recycled, if parts of the product need separating into different bins and advertising the hazards of littering should all be placed on the packaging of the product. Although informative, it doesn’t need to be dull – display these messages in a colourful, eye-catching way – this could also increase the chances of the messages being noticed and taken into account. Use bright pictures, fonts and images to display your methods, or even give graphical instructions on how to correctly dispose of the rubbish.
Get Residents, Businesses and Schools Involved
Everyone who lives or works within a certain community should have pride within it and want to make it a successful and beautiful place to be in. Many communities have begun to hold organised litter picks, where volunteers target an area of their community to carry out a clean-up. This type of activity saw a big increase during and after lockdown. Organised litter picks are a great way to get out and make a difference to the community in a very effortless way. It is something people of all ages can enjoy, and no matter how often or how long you do them for, they will make a big difference to your community.
Eye-catching Posters & Signs
Encourage anti-littering by designing and printing some ‘anti-litter posters – these can be placed around all public areas to try and promote correct and appropriate waste management. Popular styles include humourous and brightly coloured posters, as well as hand-design posters usually created by children. This is where you can get involved even further by holding colouring/poster competitions in schools and children’s activity clubs, where you can win a prize for designing the best poster – these will then be displayed around your local area.
These are all very easy effortless ways to help people better handle their waste, which should hopefully prevent litter, better our waste management and keep the planet beautiful.