Collecting trash is a hard task, so we made a guide that sums up all of our experience in collecting waste from the environment.
First, you need a location. Choose an open place with much trash in it.
The second thing we will need is the accessories. Because no one would collect trash with their bare hands!
So the first accessory is:
There are two types of gloves: the one that will be torn after a couple of uses, and the other one that will never be torn.
Here's a comparison table of cheap gloves and expensive gloves:
|Table of comparison between gloves|
|Type||Price||Usage Time||Material Quality|
|Simple Glove||Cheap||Short Period||Lower Quality|
|Advanced Glove||Expensive||Long Period||High Quality|
The advanced gloves are thick and (or) gardening gloves.
Biodegradable Gloves:Showa 6110PF Biodegradable Disposable Powder Free Nitrile Glove, Small (1 Box)
The second accessory is:
We recommend using Blundstone, but if you don't have Blundstone you can also use other high shoes with a thick bottom.
Grabber Reacher Tool
Grabber reacher tool is a great accessory if you planning on a long time of trash picking. You press one button, and pick it up!
Trash bags are the most popular, but boxes are useful too!
Waste containers are the most important ones because with them you collect the trash you pick-up.
There are three waste containers that we find the most useful:
- Backpacks - Backpacks are most useful for shorter sessions and small trash capacity.
- Trash bags - Trash bags are most useful for sessions of 1-2 hours and medium trash capacity.
- 1. Boxes - Boxes are good for sorting of trash, sessions of 2-5 hours with a big group of people and mega trash capacity!
|Table of comparison between waste containers|
|Session Time||Capacity||People In Group|
|Backpacks||15-60 minutes||Small||1 People|
|Trash Bags||1-2 hours||Medium||2-4 Peoples|
|Boxes||2-5 hours||Big||4-10 Peoples|
Reflective Safety Vest
This tool is only necessary if you picking-up trash nearby roads.
This tool increases your visibility and helps you stand out against your surroundings.
Some rules when picking up trash:
Sort the trash you collect
First, collect all the trash you find into one giant group. Then grab a couple of collection tools (not backpacks, only trash bags and boxes) and sort the trash into 8 groups:
- Trash that is made from multiple materials (See our full guide to recycling codes)
- Other (trash that you don't recognize or that is made from 3 or more materials)
Separate trash that is made from multiple materials
Try to separate the trash that is made from multiple materials, if you can't separate it, ask your local recycling service if he recycling this type of trash.
Drop organic trash into composters
If you have a composter nearby, drop off the organic trash into the composter.
Drop batteries into cans for batteries
If you have batteries can nearby, drop off the batteries into the can, or contact local recycling service to see how you can recycle them.
Avoid and report hazardous materials
Some waste product should be avoided, as they may be harmful. Here's a list of some of them:
- Electrical items
- Dead animals
- Bottles of liquid
- Potentially dangerous chemicals
Picking up trash is a tough task, but I hope this article helped you with it 🚯 Meets in the next blog post!