Be mindful of how you dispose of waste especially during the COVID-19 pandemic

During the lockdown in South Africa waste collectors, transporters and processors are still hard at work keeping the country clean and BiobiN is encouraging the public to be mindful of how they dispose of their waste in order to reduce transmission of COVID-19.

“As we are already into the second lockdown period, we need to extend our gratitude and appreciation for the hard work our waste management industry is continuing to do during lockdown,” says Brian Küsel from BiobiN.

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Disposing of food waste in a BiobiN

Food waste has increased

“BiobiN has proven to serve many industries and big corporations well, by processing large volumes of food waste into compost,” says Küsel. “While the focus has shifted from industry to life at home, we would like to encourage people to instil good food waste disposal habits at home to support our waste industry. It is only as expected that household waste generation, especially food waste, has increased during this lockdown period,” says Küsel. “While it is fun to pick up cooking or baking as a new hobby, it also needs to be matched with good waste disposal habits; both for packaging and food waste.”

South Africa’s waste people continue to collect household refuse on a daily basis, facing potential risk of exposure to COVID-19 contaminated waste. By practicing good hygiene habits at home, you can help limit the risk of exposure to the virus that waste collection people have to face. Research around COVID-19’s persistence on different surfaces suggests that it can remain on cardboard for 24 hours and on plastic up to 72 hours. While the research also suggests that transmission from the surfaces of grocery packaging is relatively low, exposure while shopping around other people increases the risk, in turn handling your groceries while at home will transmit the virus from your hands to the surface of your grocery packaging. This is why it is extremely important to practice good hygiene, for yourself and eventually the people who will collect your household waste.

Compost your food waste

Modelled on the food waste composting process, BiobiN is actively taking strides towards improving organic and food waste management for the corporate and hospitality sector. “Food waste presents a big environmental problem in landfill; however a great opportunity for compost; this is the message that we would like to get to all households. Compost your food waste, feed your garden with good quality home produced compost, and keep food and organic waste out of our landfill sites,” says Küsel.

As we navigate through the remaining weeks of our lockdown period, along with good household waste management habits, the BiobiN team would like to encourage everyone who is in a position to do so, to donate to the various social and business relief initiatives. “It is essential that small waste management companies, waste pickers, and recyclers receive support so that they can continue their great work to keep our environment clean after lockdown,” says Küsel.

Visit the official COVID-19 government website to stay informed: sacoronavirus.co.za