Recycling became a big part of household waste management. Councils in the UK face more and more challenges in terms of dealing with both, household and commercial waste.
With landfills quickly filling up we are asked to segregate our domestic rubbish before it is collected and transported to a waste management facility.
Many residents struggle with a space for additional recycling bins therefore throw their rubbish to the bin destined for a landfill.
In Edinburgh, the city council offers 3 wheelie bins: grey - for landfill, green - recycling (cardboard, plastic & aluminium tins) & brown - garden waste (collection of this bin costs £25 per year). Separate, additional containers are for glass and food waste.
So what can be done?
One of the solutions would be to compress your waste. Not only this saves a valuable space in your recycling bin, but also allows you to empty your bin less often.
Krushr compactors are designed for domestic environment and come in 3 sizes: 300, 400 & 600mm. Easy to operate and quiet in operation you will be surprised just how much recycling you can sort, crush and store in one convenient place.
If you don't want to touch your recyclables, the bin lining sold by Krushr is recyclable too.
The smallest 300mm model absorbs 156 litres of everyday, uncrushed recycling, such as plastics, cardboard, drink cans, and offers 85% compaction ratio.
With the dimensions of just 821(H) x 298(W) x 563(D)mm and adjustable feet, this krushr with fit into most kitchen, replacing 300mm wide cupboard.
400mm model absorbs 204 litres of recycling. Food packaging waste, plastics, card and paper are compacted and stored in one large compartment alongside a separate storage drawer for compacted drink cans and food tins.
600mm model is the largest domestic compactor on the market. Four separate compartments in which to segregate different types of recycling will help to keep your kitchen tidy. It absorbs 234 litres of uncrushed recycling. It comes with a separate compaction facility with storage capacity for over 50 drink cans or food tins and two additional storage drawers for non-crush items such as glass (stores up to 10 wine bottles).
IMC Waste Compactor
IMC waste compactor comes in 3 sizes and is available from a restaurant supply online store.
"The IMC mini waste compactor can compact up to 219 litres of uncrushed plastics, food packaging, card, paper, drink cans, food tins, making it perfect for use in hotels, restaurants, bars and cafés. The waste compactor allows large amounts of waste to be placed into one bin rather than making several trips to and from outdoor waste bins, ideal for busy and space conscious venues. Compressing this waste will also make it easier for you to manage your recyclables, helping to improve your business's recycling rates and send more of your rubbish into the correct waste streams."
This compactor offers the compaction rate of approx. 85% and with dimensions of 895(H) x 398(W) x 580(D)mm, it could be installed in a domestic kitchen too.
Titan by Joseph Joseph
This simple kitchen bin allows you to compress you waste down, adding more room.
"This trash compactor bin is an innovative waste solution with a patented, hygienic compaction system. This allows it to hold up to three times more than a similar-sized household bin which means you empty your bin less often and use fewer liners. Titan also features an anti-tear design that won’t stretch or pinch the liner and a replaceable odour filter to neutralise any unpleasant smells. Volume when empty: 20L or 30L"
Wheelie Bin Compactor
For the outside compacting a very simple devise, widely available, is a good option. By pressing your bags down, it will create space for additional ones.
So as you can see, there are many ways to compact your waste. The best for the environment will always be segregating before disposing and recycling as much as we can.
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