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Simple Ways on How to Reduce Waste at School

We are a strong believer that education is forever. So it comes to no surprise that we support local schools! With that being said. This post is an info article on how to reduce waste at your school.

Every school has a large number of students. And then, every year the population of students is growing. Therefore, schools are expected to produce more and more wastes. But, too much waste in school may lead to problems.

Can you imagine how many tons of wastes are collected every day in all schools in your city? Many students do not really care about this waste issue. It could have been better if every student will be concerned about the waste around them.

If you are walking around your school campus, you will see trash cans around. But, these bins are not enough for students to use. Even a trash can inside the classrooms and washrooms are not enough to accommodate all the wastes that students produce every day.

This concern is not only for the school administration to manage. It is also a responsibility of every student. If you are a responsible school officer, staff and a student, then you have to do something.

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Reducing the School Waste

To minimize waste production in school, everybody must cooperate. Now, if you are one of those who cares about the school’s environment, then here is a list of ways on how you are going to reduce waste in your school.

  • Reducing wastes during lunch time

Lunch time is the busiest time in school. Everybody is eating in the school cafeteria. Students find their own spots and eat together with their friends. So, during this time. You can see waste everywhere. You won’t even find an empty trash can for your rubbish.

We can only minimize wastes if the students have their own packed lunch, where their food is prepared in a reusable container. Another way of minimizing waste is to buy food from the school cafeteria, where glass plates are used. And then, buy food that you can finish. This means that you do not need to buy too much food and dump the unfinished food.

When it comes to your drinks, you may bring your washable and clean jug. In such way, you can also save some money. If you buy beverages, then why not buy the ones that you may recycle.

  • Reducing the use wasted paper

In the washroom, why not bring and use a clean towel to dry your hand after washing instead of using paper towels? Most of the time, excessive use of toilet paper and paper towels makes the wash room messy. And of course, we can’t stop students from using those in the washroom. But, we have to do something about cleanliness in the washroom.

Sometimes, the students use too much paper when writing. After writing and made a mistake in the work. They throw the paper away and that will fill the bin inside the classroom. We must encourage them to minimize doing that by keeping those unwanted paperwork and use for recycling.

The students also have reading materials. They subscribe on the monthly issues, but leave it anywhere after receiving it. Let them keep it for recycling.

Sometimes, the school gives too much paper for student notices. Instead of using a paper, why not announce the notice to the whole school or ask the teachers to inform the students about it when they are in the class?

What Size Skip Bin Do I Need?

We often asked, “What is the right size of skip bin to choose and use?” But we realized that visualizing the differences of container sizes is difficult. While estimating the capacity of it is quite challenging, the tips and guide below can help you decide on this matter.

Consider the type of waste materials and the particular job of your skip bin. Is it for a regular household or a business establishment?

  • Think of it this way: a cardboard box that has the dimension of 1 m length, 1 m width and 1 m depth is equivalent to one cubic meter. How many cardboard boxes can handle the waste materials from your home or office? The size of a skip bin is always expressed in cubic meters (m³).
  • Some people find it easier to estimate using wheelie bins and trailer loads. A standard trailer measures 6 x 4 ft which most of us can picture. he volume of the trailer is also about one cubic meter. Hence, one should determine the number of trailers they need for their waste management.
  • The measurement of a wheelie bin is the most common comparison most people use. However, it also comes in various sizes. In general, every three 330-liter wheelie bin is almost equivalent to a cubic meter skip bin. From here, you can calculate how many liter of rubbish can fill your skip bins
  • Most bins have a “do not fill above top” label on them. It is illegal to fill it higher that the rim to prevent spillage during transportation. The amount of rubbish you can place in the bin depends on how you utilize the space. We suggest you cut the green wastes in smaller parts and minimize air space.

Other Guides

Consider the following comparisons a guide to make visualization easier.

  1. 10 microwave ovens are equal to a cubic meter.
  2. A 2-seater sofa approximately measures to two cubic meters.
  3. Six monoblock chairs and a table are roughly equal to three cubic meters.

Know that large skip bins also have weight restrictions so you cannot just dump any large item on it. An overfull bin is not possible to lift or carry. Likewise, you should check its capacity limitations and general safety to follow waste disposal guidelines set by your local government. The maximum safe lifting limit of a skip bin is 3 tons.

Experts also recommend using the skip bin that is one size bigger if you are still not sure. Most of us tend to underestimate the amount of waste we need to dispose of especially during general cleaning days.

Thus, you can always use that extra space in the bin. Likewise, you can avoid overfilling and additional costs if you’ll choose a bin that is one size larger. It is also helpful to make a list of the items you will be putting in the skip bin.

Now that you already have an idea on various sizes of skin bins, you need to estimate the amount of waste your household or commercial space will generate. You can opt for a 2m³- 3m³ for regular cleanup jobs. Some providers offer up to 6m³ and 8m³ skip bins which suit demolition jobs or moving to houses.

To calculate the amount of waste, pile it up and measure the width, height, and length of the stack. Multiple these three and you can have an estimate volume.

Fortunately, some companies also provide bin size calculator to help their customers decide accordingly. They also provide size guides, details and measurements of the services they offer.