Waste management is one of the most important factors in maintaining a clean and healthy home. In the United States, an individual will generate about 4.6 pounds of trash each day. This is an alarming average that is expected to multiply in the coming years. Here are five waste management tips for the home that can help lower this average.
Trash and Recycling
Recycling is much more common overseas than in the United States. There are still many people who don’t understand how to separate their waste for proper disposal. Depending on the service being used, trash is usually separated into recyclables and trash. Paper, plastic and cans are considered recyclables by most removal services. Some homeowners may even opt for a compound removal service which will remove decomposable waste. It is helpful to have separate trash cans for each kind of recycling. Learn about your area’s recycling policies and guidelines and invest in a system of waste removal that works for your home.
A significant amount of food waste is produced in the kitchen. Instead of throwing all of the waste in the trash, many people have a habit of throwing food particles down the kitchen drain and passing it through the disposal. Garbage disposals help protect a kitchen sink from damage by chopping up the food that is placed inside. Large pieces of food waste would clog a kitchen sink and could cause water leakage or damaged pipes. Be sure to know what your unit can and cannot handle. Additionally, consider investing in a composting system. This will allow you to dispose of any larger leftover food bits without risking damage to your drain and disposal.
Shower drains are only designed to take in water. Other liquids can be passed through the drainage system, but this should be avoided if possible. Hair, pieces of soap and other contaminants can clog shower drains and cause plumbing issues. Homeowners can prevent this problem by protecting shower drains with some kind of filter. Water will pass through while other items are trapped to be removed later. Shower drain covers are typically sold at grocery and hardware stores.
In addition to covering shower drains, it is recommendable for homeowners to protect their sink drains. Whether shaving, trimming or flossing, there are many daily activities that deposit waste inside a sink drain. While a small amount of waste won’t hurt a sink drain in the long run, the small amounts can accumulate and cause problems in the long run. Placing a filter on a sink drain or snaking the drain regularly to get rid of buildup is a great way to help keep these issues from occurring.
Toilets and Septic Tanks
Toilets are more fragile than some homeowners might think. Too much waste and toilet paper can cause damage to the piping and mechanisms within a toilet. Septic tanks—the devices responsible for collecting separating, storing, and partially decomposing waste from a home—can also be damaged when not treated properly. It is important to hire a professional when there is a problem with the waste removal system in a home. Septic tank upgrades, pipe replacements and other repairs may be required and DIY is not recommended.
Waste management is an important task for homeowners. However, many people don’t think about this issue after a home is completed. Following these five tips can help homeowners manage their waste in a more safe and productive way.