Here in Australia we generate a massive 50 million tonnes of waste every single year! This appalling figure means that on average each and every one of us is contributing approximately 2 tonnes of waste every single year! So how can you reduce your waste? One excellent and easy way is to recycle!
Recycling involves the collection and processing of waste for use as a raw material in the manufacture of the same or similar non-waste product. Or in simpler terms, when you recycle something it is then reused to create something new.
How does recycling happen?
The recycling process involves the collection and transportation of recyclable materials; the sorting of collected materials;the consolidation and transfer of materials, and finally material processing.
The kerbside collection scheme allows Australian households to separate common wastes, such as paper, glass, juice cartons, steel cans, milk containers and more. However, there are some wastes that are not accepted in the kerbside recycling provided by the local council. Examples of the most common wastes that are not accepted in the kerbside recycling scheme include plastic bags, disposable diapers, ceramics, cookware, oven-proof glass, light bulbs, broken drinking glass, medical glass, hazardous, and liquid wastes. However, every local council is different so it is important to coordinate with your local council to be aware of the materials that they accept, as well as those that they do not.
Approximately half (47%) of Australia’s household waste is composed of organic wastes such as garden cuttings, food scraps, and other biodegradable material. The majority of local councils provide a separate bin for organic waste, which are then turned into gardening and farming products, such as composts, fertilisers, and conditioners, however you should check first with your own local council.
Recycling on a bigger scale
Australia was also one of the first countries to involve all levels of industry in its recycling scheme and to have a national voluntary recycling plan. Skip bins are commonly used to segregate household and commercial wastes accordingly. The Australian government is responsible for the legislation, strategies, and policy framework for waste at the national level and coordinates Australia’s responsibilities with international parties and convention.
Don’t forget to recycle your electronic waste too!
Electronic waste (also known as E-waste) describes electrical and electronic equipment that have either reached the end of their life or are no longer used and are thus disposed of. These items contain hazardous materials such as lead, cadmium, and mercury, and therefore need to be handled and disposed of in the correct manner. Australia’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, operated and funded by the TV and computer industry, allows households to deposit their old TVs and computers at selected collection locations across the country, free of charge. Likewise, other e-waste management schemes such as the Mobile muster for mobile phones, Cartridges 4 Planet Ark for printer cartridges, and the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative allow you to dispose of your other E-waste correctly – so there really isn’t an excuse!
Why choose us?
Here at National Skip Bins we have a range of skips online for you to choose from. So, if you are looking to book a skip to help you dispose of your waste, contact us today!