When planning your own home, it’s easy to forget a wide range of smaller elements. This can range from garden access to lighting to storage space. One thing that is easy to neglect is recycling and waste storage. There’s no better way to uglify a home than to have bins and boxes stuck outside all the time, all year.
That being said, there are many innovative ways to create a sense of well-designed waste management flow around a house without visitors even knowing it’s there.
Kitchens are often the main focal point within a home for waste material. It’s natural. Most waste is generated from food which is not eaten, parts which cannot be eaten like banana peel or bones, and packaging. The first thing you need to do is to divide your waste disposal into compostables, non-compostable organics, recyclables and non-recyclables.
Compostables: See the Garden section below.
Non-Composables: Have a small bin in the kitchen, under the sink perhaps, which is emptied regularly into a larger bin in the garage for collection.
Recyclables and Non-Recyclables: Wash and clean whatever you can and have an in-cabinet bin set up so that you can divide items by type. Be warned though, some things you think are recyclable are in fact not. This can range from wire coat hangers to pizza boxes, so be careful and read your local recycling rules carefully. There are solutions from independent contractors for most things – even bottle caps.
Around the Home
Bins and trash cans around the home tend to be minimized. It makes sense to not have too much out on display. However, there can be other solutions taken from the kitchen and designed into other rooms from the bathroom to bedrooms and the living room. This can take the form of in-cabinet bins, disposal and so on. For example, a living room could have a drawer set aside for paper materials to be recycled which is emptied on a regular basis, you could have bins in cabinets or pull out bins too for other non-food waste.
In the Garage
Usually the ideal place to store garbage until it’s ready to go out. Garages are not just for cars and other vehicles, but often a place to store items, have a spare fridge or tools for DIY, gardening, and so on. Dedicate an area near a side door connected to the house or where it is easiest to get the bins and boxes to the waste collection point. Factor these elements in during the design phase so there’s a smooth waste management flow through the house to the garage and to being collected.
Most landscaping occurs once the rest of the house is ready. That makes sense, after all, those working on the house may need the land around for machines, scaffolding, storing bricks and other equipment. That does not stop you being able to carefully consider the final landscaping. When you do, think about composting. Where will you place them? Will they be insight, in the garden somewhere or close to the home? It’s also worth thinking about what you will do with the compost when it’s ready. It’s got to go somewhere.