When thinking about being eco-friendly and reducing your waste output one thing a lot of people ask is "how do you line a bin without a plastic bag?". There are many different ways that we can deal with removing plastic liners from our life.
Below is a list of alternatives to bin liners.
Using no bin liner
Using no bin liner at all can be the best option as it completely removes the extra wasted material. When using no bin liner you will need to make sure that you follow several steps to have a better and cleaner experience.
- Separate food waste from normal waste: This will help with keeping your liner-free bin as clean as possible. Make sure to put your food waste in a separate container that you can throw out every other day or every day.
- Clean your bin after every empty: As you are not using a liner to keep the bin clean, you will want to make sure that you wash it after every use to keep it as clean as possible.
If you are separating your food waste from your clean dry waste, you could also think about having a compost heap in the garden. One thing to remember is what you can put in your compost bin, meat produce is something that will have to go in the bin as it will rot and poison the soil.
If you are averse to having a liner-free bin, then why not try using some repurposed materials to line the bin.
You can use anything from your weekly newspaper to cardboard boxes or packaging that you have received from recent purchases. Simply just line the bin with your newspaper or paper and, when you are ready to dispose just empty it all into the bin.
By doing this you are making use of products that you may have just thrown into landfill multiple times which will save on overall waste in the long run.
Another way of moving over to being liner-free would be to seek out and look for biodegradable bags. These will have a slightly less negative impact on the environment as they are created with plants rather than fossil fuels.
These bio-bags may not break down in the environment as efficiently as you are led to believe, however, you could reuse the bags as many times as you can to try and minimise your waste.