Single-use plastic bags are now a thing of the past. But for many people who used them to line bins at home, this presents a problem. Check out the ideas below for lining your rubbish bins without plastic:
Use ‘naked’ bins
The easiest and cheapest replacement for bin liners is to not use them. When full, empty rubbish into the kerbside bag and wash out the bin. A bit of dish soap and a quick scrub later and the bin is ready to use again. Freeze smelly rubbish until collection day to reduce smells from this method.
Line with newspaper/paper
Use old newspaper sheets to create a barrier between the bin and your rubbish. If you don’t buy the newspaper, try the free community publications that come in the mail or printed paper from work or study. If you’re crafty, try this tutorial to fold your own bin liners.
Use bio-based compostable bin liners
If the previous two tips aren’t for you, purchasing compostable bin liners are a starting point to reduce your waste. Bio-based liners are made from plants, not fossil fuels. Yet most need to be commercially composted to break down, and can be as damaging as regular plastic liners in the environment. Look for liners certified by the Australasian Bioplastics Association with this symbol:
If you’re putting them in your home compost, make sure they display this symbol:
This means they can be composted at the lower temperatures found in home composting.
Start your zero-waste journey small by thinking about how you line your bins at home. There’s a solution for every household, and most save money along with the environment.