how to manage packaging waste?

When you buy large household appliances, some packaging waste remains. Where to put them? How to fix it? An elementary question, but many get lost and don't know what to do. We will briefly remind you of what we recommend to do with packaging waste.

Cardboard boxes

Most household appliances are packed into large cardboard boxes. Sometimes they need to be disassembled to pull out household appliances. For example, you will not remove the dishwasher from the box. You will need to remove the box or tear it straight away.

Refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens and other large appliances are packed in thick cardboard boxes to protect the equipment during transportation. It is a very thick cardboard that is suitable for the production of children's homes. If you do not have children for whom you can use cardboard packaging waste, you will need to take care of their future.

Cardboard boxes must not be burned!

Many people think that cardboard can simply be burned in the yard along with other waste. It is not environmentally friendly because it contains a large amount of printing residue on the cardboard and therefore releases a number of harmful substances when burned.
The cardboard must be disposed of in paper and cardboard waste containers or taken to a waste collection point. From there, the cardboard will be taken to a recycling plant for cleaning and recycling. It will make ... another cardboard.

Along with the cardboard, you will also find instructions, warranty letters in the packaging. We recommend deferring them at least until the warranty expires. Or do you need to read them? Instructions can usually be found online in PDF format, but you may want to have paper at home. In fact, it may happen that instruction books are written in languages ​​other than your own. Also, bring these books to waste paper or throw them into the waste paper bins.

This will reduce nature's pollution.

Plastic - only in special containers

Packages contain three types of plastic waste:

  1. Cellophane;
  2. Plastic parts;
  3. Polyurethane foam holders.

Obviously, none of them should be incinerated and should be recycled.

Cellophane is a film that wraps household appliances. Washing machines usually do not have much paper packaging, and are limited to a few foam holders and a relatively thick cellophane film.

The plastic parts in the packaging are usually quite small and should not be disposed of in general household waste. It is better to put it in the same cellophane and put it in a plastic bin.

Attention! Foam is not recycled in plastic factories and cannot be disposed of in plastic waste collection containers.

So where do you throw it? We also do not recommend throwing foam products into mixed waste containers. Even finely crushed. The only way to get rid of them is to take them to a bulky construction site for more foam products. After all, it is used to heat the facades, and foam sheets are laid when laying the foundations. This makes it a construction waste.

Wood is not always suitable for burning

In some large household appliances, you can find not only cardboard but also wood-tooth cuts or some tables made of wood or pressed sawdust. Do not hurry to throw everything in the oven, or rather the barbecue in the yard. Especially sawdust boards that are not good firewood. Often panels are treated with glue and varnish, so black smoke and foul odor are almost guaranteed. These can only be burned in normal furnaces.

The tables are always useful for crafting, so don't hurry to throw them away. Either way, it's cellulosic waste and ready to be recycled by paper processors, so throw it in the paper and cardboard trash.

Metal parts - "Plastic, metal, paper" containers

In any package you will also find some unnecessary metal waste - sticks, holders, screws. You can dispose of them in "Plastic, Metal, Paper" containers or keep them for other uses. It is not recommended to dispose of in a mixed waste container.

And where to put old home appliances when buying new ones?

Good question. After all, old home appliances are also waste that cannot be left in the shelter. But about its utilization - in another article.