Many people have happily made the switch to reusable shopping bags, they are convenient and reduce the need for single-use plastics. On 1 July, all lightweight, single-use plastic bags will be banned by the Western Australian Government, prompting everyone else to make the switch.
The ban targets lightweight plastic bags, like the ones at supermarkets and fast food outlets, aiming to reduce the harm created when they enter the environment.
It's estimated that five million plastic bags are littered in Western Australia every year, having a devastating impact on wildlife and persisting in our environment for hundreds of years. However, they are often used in homes as a convenient and free bin liner. The Plastic Bag Ban is the perfect time to switch to a more environmentally responsible way of carrying your rubbish to the wheelie bin. Here are a few methods that may work for you.
The naked bin
This method works well for dry waste, for example in your bathroom. If you compost your food scraps, you can probably use the naked bin method successfully in your kitchen too.
Step 1. Put rubbish into your unlined ‘naked’ kitchen bin
Step 2 . Empty it into your wheelie bin
Step 3. Repeat
Step 4. Rinse your kitchen bin out as necessary
Fifty years ago, it was not uncommon for households not to have rubbish bins in their kitchens. Householders just took the short trip to the outside bin to dispose of rubbish! The direct wrap method is a good compromise. Live without a kitchen bin, and just wrap your rubbish at times when you’re creating a lot of it, like when you’re making dinner.
Step 1. Wrap rubbish in a sheet of newspaper
Step 2. Put directly in the wheelie bin (or store in the freezer until bin day if it contains meat)
Step 1. Collect a few sheets of newspaper
Step 2. Place a double sheet in the bin length wise so that about five centimetres is folded over the top, and excess is covering the bottom on the bin
Step 3. Place another sheet overlapping the first by about five centimetres
Step 4. Keep going around the bin until the whole bin is lined
Step 5. Put rubbish into your newspaper lined bin
Step 6. When almost full, fold down the top of the newspaper and tip into the wheelie bin
Visit Treading my own path for illustrated instructions.