At East Brunswick Village, sustainability continues to be at the forefront of everything we do, including our apartments waste set-up.
We have partnered with the team over at Reground to show you how to properly manage your waste caddy set-up to ensure the right steps are being taken to achieve a more sustainable community. Together we can promote a positive change that will really make a difference to the Brunswick community.
Hi, we’re Ninna and Kaitlin and we’re from Reground, and we’re here because we’re helped East Brunswick Village set up a really sustainable waste system and we want to help you with how to use it.
You might have seen that in your bin room you have a few extra bins than normal.
You’ve got your:
- Food waste bin
- Commingled Recycling bin
- Cardboard and Paper bin
- General Waste bin
- Soft Plastics bin
You also have three extra streams that are picked up when you’re notified by the app.
- E-waste, or Electronic waste
- Hard Waste; like mattresses
In a recent waste audit we found 75% of the general waste was actually recyclable. So we want to show you a few easy ways that we together can bring that number down, right here in the home.
Here we have the five streams that you’ll find match the bins in the waste and recycling room:
- Paper & Cardboard
- The Commingled Stream which consists of; Metal, Rigid Plastics & glass
- General Waste which is all the non-recyclable stuff; including polystyrene
- Soft Plastics
- Food waste
Keeping each waste and recycling stream separate in the home is the easiest way to make sure that you put things in the right bin.
So here we have paper and cardboard, It can be small and scrunchable or it can be quite large. So for us, we got a tub under the sink, which we put our paper and cardboard in.
And then we have a spot next to the washing machine, where our large cardboard items go in.
Commingled Recycling can get quite bulky. So you may need to take it down to the bin room more often than other waste items. We’ve got a tub under the bench and keep in mind that you can use any container that you have lying around, you don’t need to buy something new.
So you place it in here, you don’t need any plastic bags to line it because you’re rinsed it out and everythings clean. Then you just take this down to the bin room when it’s full!
Food waste goes into the caddy provided, a great place for this is under the sink or even on your balcony. Just pop it into the caddy like this.
We use this built in waste compartment for our soft plastics and our general waste.
Ultimately with general waste you want to have very little of it.
Soft Plastics is anything that’s scrunchable, lightweight and not hard. You can shove it into a plastic’s bag and when it’s full take it down into the bin room.
We really want to reduce our general waste, if you can find packaging companies that don’t give you this, then go with them. But this cannot be recycled. So it has to go in the landfill bin, same with polystyrene.
And that’s how you achieve a really easy set up in your own home.
Getting it right might be a bit tricky but this is how we’re going to see great results.