Waste is everywhere in Australia. In 2015, the country produced 64 million tonnes of it. That’s about 2.5 tonnes per person!
With so much of these around, how much do you know about them? Are you aware which ones need a rubbish removal team and which ones can go to the wheelie bin?
Organic or Green Waste
It depends on where you are in Australia. In New South Wales, you will find green bins on the kerbside. On these bins, you can throw many types of organic waste such as:
- Food scraps and peels
Sydney, though, has stricter regulations when it comes to green waste. It doesn’t allow you to place food scraps and soil. You may also not throw away rocks and plant equipment like pots.
You have the option to bring the unacceptable green waste to a recycling facility. Many worm farms and compost companies are already available. You can also convert some of these into mulch.
To save yourself the hassle, you can call a rubbish removal team to help you. You can schedule a pickup many times in a month.
Recycling wastewater is crucial in Australia since it is one of the driest places on Earth. It receives only a little rainfall compared to other countries.
As such, the government encourages home and business owners to install a rainwater harvesting tank. It reduces their reliance on supplied water.
Nevertheless, the government still recycles wastewater. Wastewater goes through many processes to ensure it is safe to use or consume by the public. These include:
- Filtering sludge and other contaminants, which make up 1% of the wastes
- Undergoing ozone treatment to kill pathogens
- Separating the lines for black and grey water (e.g., water from the sink, washing machine, or bathtub)
E-waste refers to rubbish from electronics including televisions and laptops. The country produces over 650,000 tonnes of it each year which makes recycling important.
You cannot throw e-waste into any of the colour-coded bins. Instead, you have to bring it with you to a recycling facility or call a rubbish removal team.
So far, these facilities can recycle up to 95% of the junk. They usually break down the parts and sell them in the aftermarket.
Some, though, can still end up in the landfill. For this reason, it is best to limit e-waste as much as possible. If it still works, consider selling it online.
Note that these facilities may not accept chemicals or batteries. These are trickier and more dangerous to handle. You can look for other centres or let a disposal company manage it for you.
Papers and Cardboards
Paper and cardboards may come from trees, but they’re not organic matter. You cannot throw them in the green bin. Instead, you must place them in the yellow container.
You can also throw it along with:
- Empty aerosol cans
- Water and soda bottles
- Milk bottles
- Steel and aluminium cans
Keep in mind that you should only put purely paper or cardboard into the bin. A combination of it with other materials such as metal or foil makes it unacceptable.
You also cannot dispose of cardboard boxes and paper with traces of food. You need to remove it before you place them inside the bin.
Sorting out your waste can be exhausting and overwhelming, but it’s necessary. It can help keep you and the community healthy, as well as take care of the environment.