Recycling Bins - The Black Bin

I remember a family I once stayed with during the holidays. At dinner, I would either pray that the kids finish their food or have my stomach emptied beforehand because I used to end up taking care of their remnants. I didn't understand the concept of food wastage compared to now as I thought I was the black bin of the house - at least the food won't go to waste but to the waist.

Previously, we have looked at the colours of the green and blue bins in those comprehensive articles. I know you can't wait to see why we sometimes see a black refuse bin standing in that corner of the house. We have bins in different colours to let us know what type of waste we should drop in them. Black in this context doesn't give its most common meaning or assumption because you might be thinking it ephemerally houses the darkest of refuses. Well, I will leave you with that judgment.

Any leftover household general waste that can’t go in either the green recycling bin or the brown food and garden waste bins, goes into the black refuse bin. Your black bin is for general household waste only. Try to recycle as much as you can in your green recycling bin.

Your household waste should be placed inside the bin with the lid closed. The black bin does not take hazardous and heavy items like batteries or low-energy bulbs, gas bottles, motor vehicle parts, paint, rubble or bricks, soil or large branches, syringes or needles, etc.  

We hardly map bins to their respective use cases in this part of the world. However, we can educate people about the significance of these colored bins. While you’re trying to order that big black bin, hold on a second, let me gently inform you that those textiles and electrical items can’t go into it. Rather, you can have your disposable nappies, tissues, kitchen roll and wipes, pads, cat and dog waste, food waste, broken glass (wrapped to avoid injury), cigarette ends, wood ash (cool), waste from your vacuum cleaner, earbuds, CD and DVD cases, plant pots, wrapping paper, toothpaste tubes, pens, and makeup wipes, among others. In essence, use your black bin for all the rubbish that cannot be recycled or composted.

In conclusion, the black refuse bin is an essential part of our daily lives. Proper usage of the bin, such as separating recyclable items and not overfilling the bin, can help reduce waste and promote sustainable living. It’s important to remember that the contents of the bin can have a significant impact on the environment, so we must all be responsible for our waste disposal practices.

You can now checkout the order. Join us later to know what a Red bin should carry.

Dolapo Johnson 

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