World Environmental Day

World Environmental Day is Coming

World Environmental Day

Celebrate nature and keeping it beautiful.

 

On June 5, Raise Your Voice, Not The Sea Level!

 

Raising awareness about climate change (though with the weather we’ve been having lately, it seems that we’re all pretty aware of the effects of climate change by now) World Environmental Day is a celebration for positive environmental action.

World Environmental Day is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment, and is now celebrated in over 100 countries.

If you’re looking to join in on the celebrations, the Australian Museum is throwing a party that showcases the work that is being done to protect nature across the country and defy the messages that get told to us about Australia: that we can have a healthy economy or a healthy natural world, but not both.

If you’re not able to go to the formal celebrations, there are other ways you can celebrate and make your mark for World Environmental Day – by taking on positive environmental action in your own home!

Here at Bingo Bins we have a solid dedication to sustainability – our skip services involve transporting waste to one of our recycling centres, in which we sort the waste, recycle what we can and sell it back to the public.
We also have posted tips on how to incorporate sustainable habits into your lifestyle, which you can read below:

10 Ways to Reduce Waste Around the Home

Sydney Council’s Best Environmental Initiatives

Home Recycling: 5 Easy Ways to Become an Expert Recycler

Bingo Bins’ 5 Recycling Tips to Change Your Life (And the World)

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Sydney Waste Management

Sydney Looks to the Future for Advanced Waste Management Strategy

Sydney Waste Management

Managing waste efficiently will keep Sydney clean and green.

The City of Sydney Council is dedicated to keeping our city as clean and green as possible – this means managing the city’s waste in the most ethical, environmentally friendly manner possible.

With the city’s current waste management plan, it is forecasted that by 2030, households and businesses in the inner city area will be sending over 200, 000 tonnes of waste to landfill per year.

However, the Council predicts that by that time, there may not be landfills close to Sydney that are capable of taking waste by that time, forcing the council to send it more than 250km away.

At present, the Council is coming up with ways to change and improve how waste is currently managed, which involves the development of advanced waste treatment plans that will see the “virtual elimination of non-recyclable waste going to landfill”.

As waste decomposes in landfill, it creates and emits harmful greenhouse gases – principally methane, which is 25 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. The levels of methane in the atmosphere are growing from landfill emissions and other forms of waste.

The City of Sydney’s advanced waste treatment plan is ultimately to turn waste into a energy for Sydney, which the Council plans to achieve by:

  • recovering both material and energy resources from waste with virtually no waste going to landfill
  • converting non-recyclable waste to renewable and non-fossil fuel gases
  • converting renewable and non-fossil fuel gases into substitute natural gas for injection into the gas grid for lower carbon energy delivery, including supply of the City’s planned trigeneration network.

Waste Management Construction

Waste Management Solutions – Construction Sites

Waste Management Construction

What’s your construction site waste management plan?

In a city that is constantly under development, Sydney’s construction sites must practice waste management lawfully in order to ensure that Sydney is kept clean and safe. Waste isn’t just rubbish and unwanted site materials. Waste also includes excavated material such as dirt, sandstone and soil; construction, building and demolition waste such as asphalt, bricks, concrete, plasterboard, timber and vegetation; asbestos and contaminated soil.

The Bingo Bins is one of Sydney’s best waste management solution services for construction sites, providing two distinct services as part of its business: the first, a commercial waste service that includes paper & cardboard and general waste (which includes things like food scraps). The second is skip bin services, which covers mostly builder’s waste materials – this can include most waste materials though except for asbestos, fibro, food and liquid wastes. These waste management solutions are provided for customers in the CBD, west Sydney (up to just past Penrith), north Sydney (Avalon) and south Sydney (to Campbelltown).

In order to fulfil our services, Bingo Bins uses two types of collection systems to suit particular situations:

  • Front Lift System Trucks: For bigger metal commercial waste bins – these get used for either Paper & Cardboard or General Waste. These are best for bigger bins and the trucks require easy access to the site and plenty of room for the forks of the truck to pick up the bin and lift it to the top of the truck to be emptied.
  • Rear Lift Trucks: These are used for the medium to small plastic bins for waste such Paper & Cardboard, General Waste or Co-Mingled Recycling (which includes paper, cardboard, plastics, aluminium cans, glass bottles). The rear lift is used for tight fit places such as small street alleyways and back laneways as bins are wheeled to the back of the truck.

Once the waste is collected from the commercial site, it is taken to one of Bingo Bins’ recycling centres and stockpiled to be recycled. At Bingo, we have a dedication to environmental sustainability and aim to recycle more than half of all the waste received from our clients – the remainder that is not able to be recycled ends up being tipped lawfully.

Bingo Commercial Waste Solutions

Bingo’s Commercial Waste Services and Your Business: How does it work?

Sydney’s Efficient Commercial Waste Management Systems

Bingo Commercial Waste Solutions

Dedicated to serving Sydney, Bingo Bins is the perfect waste management service for your business.

 

Sydney businesses, both large and small, require waste services that are cost-efficient while providing a fast, safe and environmentally sustainable service. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for all Sydney businesses – your waste management solutions are dependent on the size, the type of waste and the location of the waste.

 

The Bingo Bin Group provides a commercial waste service, which includes the removal of Paper & Cardboard and General Waste (which includes food scraps et cetera). Bingo provides these services for all kinds of businesses in the Sydney region, which includes builders, commercial businesses, retail shops, shopping centres, restaurants, nightclubs and pubs, factories and offices.

 

Bingo Bins uses two types of collection systems to suit particular situations:

–       Front Lift System Trucks: For bigger metal commercial waste bins – these get used for either Paper & Cardboard or General Waste. These are best for bigger bins and the trucks require easy access to the site and plenty of room for the forks of the truck to pick up the bin and lift it to the top of the truck to be emptied.

–       Rear Lift Trucks: These are used for the medium to small plastic bins for waste such Paper & Cardboard, General Waste or Co-Mingled Recycling (which includes paper, cardboard, plastics, aluminium cans, glass bottles). The rear lift is used for tight fit places such as small street alleyways and back laneways as bins are wheeled to the back of the truck.

 

Once the waste is collected from the commercial site, it is taken to one of Bingo Bins’ recycling centres and stockpiled to be recycled – with a dedication to environmental sustainability, we aim to recycle more than half of all the waste received from our clients. What cannot be recycled ends up being tipped.

Your Waste Management Questions Answered

Sydney’s Waste Management Solutions Explained

The Bingo Group are dedicated to safe and efficient waste management solutions for Sydney.

The Bingo Group are dedicated to safe and efficient waste management solutions for Sydney.

 

What kind of service does Bingo offer?

Bingo Bins is Sydney’s favourite waste management solution service, providing two distinct services as part of its business: the first is our skip bin service, which covers mostly builder’s waste materials – this includes most waste materials except for asbestos, fibro, food and liquid wastes. The second, a commercial waste service that includes paper & cardboard and general waste (which includes things like food scraps).

 

Who are Bingo’s clients?

It’s important to note that Bingo Bins don’t just provide waste management solutions for building sites – their clients can be anyone, including: builders, commercial business, retail, shopping centres, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs, factories and offices.

 

What areas of Sydney does Bingo service?

These waste management solutions are provided for customers in the CBD, west Sydney (up to just past Penrith), north Sydney (Avalon) and south Sydney (to Campbelltown).

 

What type of collection systems does Bingo use? Can these be adapted to suit particular sites?

The latest technology is utilised for Bingo’s collection systems, with custom-made hardware for unique situations. Front lift system trucks are used for the larger commercial metal waste bins that are used for things such as paper & cardboard or general waste. Rear lift trucks are used for medium to small plastic bins for waste such as general waste, paper & cardboard or co-mingled recycling which includes paper, cardboard, plastics, aluminium cans and glass bottles.

The benefit of the rear lift truck is that they can come in small sizes for tight-fit places line small street alleyways or back laneways – in these cases the bins are wheeled to the back of the truck and lifted only slightly to tip the waste in the back. The front lift trucks are best for bigger bins – such as those used on commercial or building sites – and, as a result, need good access and plenty of room to operate.

 

How is the waste collection scheduled with Bingo?

Bingo uses as state-of-the-art, self-produced program that was custom-built for the company. According to Bingo’s account manager, “it’s kind of like an allocation program on steroids.” This program is constantly evolving, with hundreds of changes and updates being made each week to ensure that the service is fast and accurate.

 

What happens after the waste bins are collected?

Once the skips have been collected, the waste is sorted at one of Bingo’s recycling centres and stockpiled to be recycled – whatever cannot be recycled gets tipped.

 

What measures does Bingo take to ensure safety with their waste management practices?

The Bingo Group spares no expense with safety, with the team regularly updating their first aid, fire safety, bomb threat and courses to ensure a high level of safety at all times. Our team also regularly has risk assessment meetings and dangerous goods training, which also covers material handling such as asbestos. Our dedication to safety is so rigorous and thorough that we have been listed as finalists in the NSW WorkCover Safe Work Awards.

Construction Site Waste Removal: What are your responsibilities?

Information for Sydney’s construction sites

With large amounts of waste comes large amounts of responsibility, especially when it comes to lawful transportation. Image via Shutterstock.

With large amounts of waste comes large amounts of responsibility, especially when it comes to lawful transportation. Image via Shutterstock.

Sydney is a city that is constantly developing and growing, with demolitions and constructions happening all of the time. Waste management is an important practice to maintain lawfully at construction and demolition sites in order to ensure that Sydney is kept clean and safe.

What’s defined as “waste”?

Waste isn’t just rubbish and unwanted site materials. Waste also includes excavated material such as dirt, sandstone and soil; construction, building and demolition waste such as asphalt, bricks, concrete, plasterboard, timber and vegetation; asbestos and contaminated soil.

How can you transport waste in a lawful manner?

As per Section 143 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, waste is required to be transported to a place that can lawfully accept it. Both the owner of the waste and the transporter are legally responsible for the lawful transportation of waste, so it’s important to do it properly. Simply relying on the advice of others – be they consultants, contractors or managers of waste facilities – may not be enough to ensure that your waste transportation methods are lawful.

Both the owner of the waste and the transporter of the waste are guilty of an offence when waste is transported to a place that cannot lawfully be used as a waste facility – if found guilty, both parties can be ordered to clean up and pay for the waste to be transported to a lawful waste facility.

 How can you avoid fines and penalties?

There are potentially big fines and penalties involved in unlawful waste dumping – if waste is found to be illegally dumped and, as a result, harms the environment, the maximum penalty is $5 million or 7 years jail.

According to the New South Wales Environment Protection Agency (EPA), being knowledgeable and diligent in keeping records is key. In their section on avoiding fines and penalties they have stated that you should:

  • Know what types of waste will be generated during excavation, demolition and construction.
  • Check the council development consent and environment protection licence for the waste facility to make sure they can lawfully accept the waste. Provide the waste facility with details of the waste (classification, origin and quantity).
  • Prepare and implement a waste management plan that includes:
    • details of, and the waste management action proposed for, each type of waste 
    • procedures that ensure the waste is transported to a lawful place
    • a description of the roles and responsibilities of everyone who manages the waste, including the site supervisor and sub-contractors.
  • The level of detail in the waste management plan should reflect the size and complexity of the project’s waste issues.
  • Regularly update the waste management plan to record how waste is managed and audit where waste is taken.
  • Provide adequate supervision to ensure waste management plans are implemented and complied with, and regularly audit everyone who manages waste on your behalf.
  • Provide training about the waste management plan and protecting the environment.
  • Keep accurate written records such as:
    • who transported the waste (company name, ABN, vehicle registration and driver details, date and time of transport, description of waste)
    • copies of waste dockets/receipts for the waste facility (date and time of delivery, name and address of the facility, its ABN, contact person).

You may be asked to supply information about your waste disposal practices at any time. The EPA states that you may be asked questions pertaining to:

  • its type, classification, characteristics, composition or quantity
  • its storage, transport, handling, transfer, disposal, processing, recycling, recovery, re-use or use
  • the hazards or potential harm to the environment or human health associated with waste or activities relating to waste.

Supplying false or misleading information about your waste transportation practices could see you receiving a penalty of up to $250,000.

 

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15 Money-Saving Tips for Your Backyard Renovation

Giving your yard a new lease on life doesn’t have to cost you the earth.

Skip bin

Beautiful gardens can be much cheaper if you’re willing to work for it.

Image via Shutterstock.

Get a land plan: Yes, this may cost money if you pay a landscaper for a consultation. However, it’s going to do wonders for your backyard in the long run if you observe the way rainfall and runoff flow through the yard and make notes on how light falls in certain places throughout the day and throughout the seasons.

Work out the water: After getting a land plan, you’ll be able to properly plan the grading (the slope) of your backyard in a way that maximises control of water flow, especially after a heavy session of rain. Observe the yard before, during and after rain – make note of any areas where runoff-related erosion is a problem, then develop your terrain plan accordingly.

Pick proper plants:  If this is your first foray into gardening, it may be frustrating to learn that your favourite plants from Cairns don’t suit the climate of Sydney, or that the exotic bamboo is actually a pest and will take over your entire backyard if you don’t keep a watchful eye on it. Ask a local gardener for their tips or check out a climate map such as the one found here in order to see what will thrive in your home.

Buy in bulk: For things like mulch, woodchips, gravel and other landscaping items, do a bit of research before heading straight to the hardware store. Some landscaping companies will drop as much mulch right to your doorstep for a low price.

Or, buy free!: Some city councils around Sydney provide free mulch, provided you have a vehicle to pick it up. If you see a cutting in a neighbours yard that you’d also like in yours, offer to trade. Check demolition sites for bricks and stones – but be sure to ask the right person for permission before picking them up.

Work with what you’ve got: Got a nice fern that’s seen better days? Working to preserve existing plants and trees will help you save money, materials, resources and effort required for a replanting.

Do it yourself: It’s a pretty obvious one, but doing as much work as is possible by yourself is the best way to save money when landscaping.

… But know when to bring in the big guns, too: For jobs that require more muscle or design skills, hire a professional landscaper and leave the simpler tasks for when you have time.

Go down the road less travelled: Think outside the box for bargains. Botanical centres and gardening clubs often hold plant sales for much cheaper than you would see in a nursery.

Plan around the foundations: Remember that roots are hardy and can damage concrete blocks, so if you’re planning to go large with trees, plant them at least 10 metres from solid structures.

How much can you be bothered?: You may be more than willing to put in the hard yards to accomplish a backyard makeover, but if there is a lot of future maintenance involved that you will need to hire a gardener for, be prepared to pay the price.

Getting rid of the junk: In the midst of the plants flying, the wood sawn and the garish birdbath abandoned, there will be a lot of rubbish made and needing to be thrown out. Hiring a skip bin for the waste is the easiest way to get rid of it – the company will drop it off and pick it up for you.

Divide and conquer: Look around the yard and see if you can divide one plant into more. This will save you money and effort going to the nursery, while ensuring consistency in your landscaping.

Don’t waste it, compost it: Save your pennies on fertiliser by making your own using waste and food scraps. Make a compost pile with a 2 x 4 box and some chicken wire, put it in the back corner and make sure that you turn it over every other week or so.

Be water smart:  Outdoor water use constitutes almost 20% of total water use in the home. Choosing plants that are drought-tolerant will do wonders for your water bill.

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