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Tips for not accumulating garbage on days of confinement

25 mayo, 2021

With the health contingency that we are experiencing around the world, it is clear that we have to change many aspects of our lifestyle, ranging from food to … yes, garbage that we generate every day.

And it is very possible that due to the contingency we run the risk of accumulating and also discarding more garbage than expected. Let us tell you that this is not healthy for anyone: not for you, not for the planet and, of course, for the people in charge of collecting it.

That is why we want to share these tips to prevent you from accumulating garbage and you can recycle it properly. Take note!

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What to do with the garbage these days?

The first thing that you should not forget is to have two containers to separate organic and inorganic waste. This is not only beneficial for the cleaning service of your community, it will also help you in your home to avoid the accumulation of viruses and bacteria in your home.

Organic waste

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They can be the most complicated to have in the home, because when they accumulate they can attract insects (flies, mosquitoes, cockroaches and ants) and also decompose and generate bad odors.

We suggest that you do not deposit them in very large containers, to prevent them from accumulating for days. Put a bag in a small jar and when it is full, seal the bag tightly and dispose of it as soon as possible.

Crawling insects do not like lemon, so you can spray your pot with a little juice water, or use a citrus essence to avoid attracting them.

It is also important that you review and consume the foods that are going to expire soon, so that you do not throw and waste twice.

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Inorganic

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Although they do not decompose like organic ones, they tend to take up the most space. We suggest you dispose of them like this:

  • Containers: when they are made of plastic or cardboard, you should squash them as much as possible. Also, avoid acquiring containers per serving (250 ml juices, for example). Preferably, they are 1 liter.
  • Tuppers: avoid single-use ones, those that are available in prepared food from the supermarket. There are those that we cannot rule out (those of the cream, for example). If you have no way to reuse them, wash them before you throw them away.
  • Glass bottles: it is best to throw them inside a cardboard box to avoid breaking them and potentially hurting someone. It can be a cookie or shoe box.
  • Product packaging: Choose products that do not generate as much waste. Those that, for example, have cardboard wrap and a plastic wrap on top.
  • Fill each bag well: if for organics you use small bags, for inorganics it is the opposite! Use large bags that can fit a lot and fill the bag well. The more it fits, the better.

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