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Organising the mess in your garage

You are not alone. The garage is where the car lives, but usually we don’t spend a lot of time there. We pass through the garage. So the garage is where we put things that we don’t want in the house. And because we don’t have to look at it very often, it just piles up and eventually becomes a mess.

When you’ve grown tired of tripping over the clutter in your garage, it is time to do something about it. Do some planning. Work out what can be culled and what must be kept. Set aside some areas where you can sort out your chaos. It may be better to do this on a fine day, for obvious reasons. Put all the bikes, scooters, skate boards etc in one pile. Other areas can receive your sports equipment, another for tools, gardening, another for toys, ….. whatever your household needs to store. It would be a good idea to keep related equipment together. Then you know exactly where to look for them, rather than rummage over the whole garage. Consider storage options, such as shelving, cupboards, hooks and hangers. Maybe spend some time in the hardware store storage section, and see what it easily available and how it can be used to deal with your particular needs. Remember of course how much space you have.

Consider high storage, so that the car can be parked underneath. Does the garage have rafters? Use them – ladders, surf boards and the ilk can be put up out of the way. Tools can go on hooks in a pegboard, or small tools on a magnetic strip. If you have relegated an old piece of furniture to the garage, put it to good use as a storage space. Make sure that whatever storage systems you use, will still allow room for your vehicle with its doors open. You need enough space to walk around the car. If you have closed cabinet storage, you also need to allow space for their doors to open, so they don’t bump into the car.

Keep things that you will use. Maybe not every day, or every month, but once in a while. But they can be stored on the high shelves, in the back corner. Don’t keep it “in case” you will use it, keep it because you “will” use it. “In case” is not a good reason to keep something. And don’t think you must keep something useless just because someone gave it as a present. Move it on.

One of your sorting piles should be dedicated to the things you can live without. Broken toys, old books/magazines/newspapers, legless chairs, the box the washing machine came in …. You really won’t use it again. If there are things you can do without, but they are still in good condition, someone else may be able to use them. Ask around. Check with a charity. RECYCLE.

But if you find that there is more in the RUBBISH pile than in the RECYCLE pile, you can call in the assistance of a rubbish removal company to cart it all away. They might take away the recycle pile as well, as they know the best ways to deal with those goods.

What Can We Do About E-Waste

Firstly, what is E-waste.

As defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics: “waste electrical and electronic equipment that is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to function (including all components, subassemblies and consumables which are part of the original equipment at the time of discarding).”

The average person might have the following items in this non-exclusive list:

TVs, DVD players (entertainment electronics)

Computers and associated electronics, telephones, mobile phones

Appliances like fridges, microwaves, washing machines

Desk and floor lamps

Power tools

Electronic fitness machines, remote control toys.

Huge amounts of e-waste are generated in the world, containing raw materials that can be recycled, such as gold, silver and/or platinum. And in 2021 more and more e-waste will be generated. E-waste in Australia is the fastest-growing component of solid waste.

A low percentage (estimated at 20%) is collected to be recycled. What happens to the 80% is not known, and probably just dumped or traded.

Unprocessed and outdated technology finds its way into developing countries. Disposal methods there can be damaging to the environment, as they contain hazardous substances like lead, beryllium and cadmium. To burn these components will be dangerous to health and environment.

China used to take large amounts of e-waste from other countries, but China’s recent decision to discontinue this has left other countries with no market for their e-waste.

Significant quantities of the world’s gold and silver are used to make electronic devices, but very low and insignificant amounts are recycled from millions of tonnes of electronic waste. Elements such as tin, cobalt, antimony, as well as glass and plastic, and the previous metals, gold, silver, platinum, are available to be recovered, but only a very small amount is recycled.

Australians are disposing of their electronic devices, mobile phones, computers, televisions etc, into landfill. There is a National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, implemented to provide access to collection and recycling services, with more than 1800 collection services. Connect to their website to find recycling drop off points for TVs and computers near you.

Many don’t recycle old computers, thinking they might lose data, or make their data available to someone else. Most know that mobile phones are recyclable and able to be reused, but only 8% do anything about it. Australians are happy to recycle cardboard, paper and even printing cartridges, yet they need to improve when it comes to recycling electronic waste. In Queensland waste management facilities are well prepared to receive electronic waste.

A survey of 1,000 people in Australia’s major cities indicated that 43% keep their old devices just in case they might need them later. Only one third took e-waste to a designated e-waste site, and a quarter threw them in the bin.

Electronic waste can also be disposed of through rubbish removal companies dealing with electronic waste removal. They are able to dispose of every conceivable bit of household, office, factory or shop rubbish, including electronic waste, and you can be confident that everything will be delivered to the correct disposal centre.