Waste Bin Collection 2023: Information For Commercial Waste 🚛
Waste Bin Collection For Businesses 2023 🚛: Sometimes, it is simply human nature to think we live in the best times ever in history. And of course, some also think we live in the worst!
I suppose it depends on what side of the bed you get out of in the morning. In this blog, we will look at the introduction of bin waste collection a couple of hundred years ago and how things have changed.
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In our regular blogs, we like to cover technological advancement and improvements in treating recyclables and protecting the environment. So, it will be interesting to look at the old-fashioned approach.
If you are interested in the historic development of industries, you can check out our surprising history of the wheely bin. Some people even argue the ancient Romans used a version of a wheelie bin. Also, see our blog on whether you should buy your own bin.
When were bin waste collection services introduced first?
History tells us that the Maya of Central America had processes in place to collect their community rubbish and burn it on a monthly basis.
In more recent times, what can be thought of as waste management or waste bin collection that we may recognise began in London during the 1700s?
According to Wikipedia, “the buildup of waste in the cities caused a rapid deterioration in levels of sanitation and the general quality of urban life. The streets became choked with filth due to the lack of waste clearance regulations.”
“A waste collection and resource recovery system was established around the ‘dust-yards’. The main constituent of municipal waste was the coal ash (‘dust’) which had a market value for brick-making and as a soil improver. Such profitability encouraged dust contractors to recover effectively 100% of the residual wastes remaining after readily saleable items and materials had been removed by the informal sector in the streets (‘rag-and-bone men’). “
What happened next?
Development in this regard continued and a series of incinerators arrived in the late 19th century. New York did not get a public sector bin waste collection service until 1895 – the first in the US.
Again, according to Wikipedia:
“Early garbage removal trucks were simply open-bodied dump trucks pulled by a team of horses. They became motorized in the early part of the 20th century and the first close-body trucks to eliminate odours with a dumping lever mechanism were introduced in the 1920s in Britain. These were soon equipped with ‘hopper mechanisms’ where the scooper was loaded at floor level and then hoisted mechanically to deposit the waste in the truck. The Garwood Load Packer was the first truck in 1938, to incorporate a hydraulic compactor.”
To see how far things have come, check out our blog on the new breed of electric rubbish trucks.
Also, see our blog on Sweden, where waste removal techniques are seeing only 1% of rubbish going to landfill.
Waste bin collection: how you can use worm farms to reduce waste collection costs!
Waste Bin Collection: We all know that a large portion of the waste we throw out is actually recyclable. However, in many areas, waste bin collection services are still not available to cover all waste and recycling streams at an economic price.
There are many great and easily accessible services available such as paper and cardboard bins, commingled recycling for bottles and cans. In some areas, you can use green waste services for garden and tree clippings.
In previous blogs, we have covered various solutions for organic food waste.
One of the biggest issues with food waste is that it is extremely heavy and can make general waste bin collection hire very expensive (as general waste costs increase with bin weight).
Operating a worm farm in your garden can be a great method to dispose of your organic food waste. We can also see that it can reduce waste bin collection weights. There is a very good article on the topic at yourenergysavings.com.au, which we quote from below:
“Worms eat organic waste and turn it into liquid fertiliser and worm castings (the organic material that has been digested by the worms). Both of these products can be used on your garden and on your pot plants to keep them thriving.”
“You can use worm liquid to replace fertiliser. The liquid needs to be diluted until it is the colour of weak tea. This mixture won’t burn your plants. You could bottle your excess liquid and give it as a gift with instructions on how to use it.”
The article lists the key steps for choosing and installing a worm farm to reduce the waste you put in the bin collections.
Choose the type of worm farm
Basically, choose how large a farm you want and where you will position it.
Prepare the farm
– “Your worms will need a bed inside their box. The bed should be made out of good-quality soil, leaves and shredded paper. The worm bed should be around 15 centimetres deep.
– Add a little water to the worm bed—it needs to be kept moist but not wet.
– Source your worms from commercial worm growers or your local nursery. The common types are Tiger, Indian Blue and Red Wriggler. Worms are usually available by the thousand and you’ll need between 1,000 and 2,000 worms to start with. They will multiply over time.
– Settle your worms in by gently spreading them over the surface and watch them burrow into their new bed. Remember to make sure your worms have enough bedding and that you keep your worm farm damp, covered and cool.
– If you notice pests like slugs and vinegar flies once your farm is up and running, dust the top with lime and check you haven’t added too much food.”
Feed the worms
Chop up the food waste as small as possible to speed up the process.
– “Add your kitchen waste regularly in small amounts and in one place at a time. Cover new food with a light cover of their bedding material or a handful of soil or compost.
– Only feed your worms when they have almost finished their last meal or it will start to rot.
– Don’t feed worms on dairy (butter and cheese), meat, fish, fat or bones. They also don’t like citrus peel, onion or garlic.”
You can then use the output from the farm to improve your gardening skills, along with reducing your waste bin collections for cheaper prices!
Check out the www.thegentlemanvermiculturist.com.au for more details on all things worm farm-related.