The term “recycling” is something that we regularly hear. We are constantly reminded to be conscious of the environment, but do you really understand what recycling is?
Simply put, recycling involves processing rubbish and transforming it into something new. The waste either becomes a raw material which can be used for manufacturing a new product or it can be transformed into something else.
You will be surprised to discover that items regularly produced from recycling include toothbrush handles, winter coats and coffins! There are companies around the world that specialise in recycling and here in Australia, the government is encouraging every individual to do their part.
As such, we have prepared some interesting facts you have to know about recycling in Australia. An Australian produces more waste than any individual from other countries in the world. On average, a family in the country produces around 400 kilograms of waste materials annually. With or without the presence of oxygen, waste materials degrade.
These waste-generated substances significantly contribute to global warming—25% more than carbon dioxide. When you dump a glass bottle in a landfill, it would take around 4,000 to a million years before it disintegrates. The good news is glass materials can be recycled over and over again. You will be surprised to discover that when you recycle an aluminium product, you can conserve a good amount of energy as well.
Using less plastic has a big impact on the planet.
Did you know that the petroleum used to manufacture nine plastic bags is enough to power a car for a kilometre? This also means that the annual amount of plastics used by Australians can power a car for 450 million kilometres and It takes around 500 years for plastic packaging to start disintegrating.
One of the most common waste materials dumped into landfills is batteries. Every year, Australians purchase 350 million units and about 67% of these are dumped to the landfills. Nickel from waste batteries can still be recycled and used for manufacturing stainless steel. However, not all rubbish removed from businesses and homes necessarily have to end up in the landfill.
On the other hand, the responsibility of recycling does not have to solely lie on the shoulders of big companies. Just by looking at the facts that we listed above, you can understand that as Australians, we can make a bigger difference when each of us does our part in recycling. You may have hired a skip before and wondered where your rubbish ends up?
What rubbish can (and can’t) be recycled.
The standard materials that can be recycled include plastic, paper, metal and glass. Once the waste has been sorted, the materials will be sent to a facility where they will be processed into new recyclable materials. These materials include glassware, plastics and cardboard boxes. You would be surprised to discover how much waste materials can be recycled.
They will be properly disposed of or recycled. On the other hand, the items in the bins that cannot be recycled will be considered as landfill materials. Of course, we do not expect you to sort the rubbish you put in our skip bins. However, you are free to play a part in contributing to green recycling.
It would be easier to dump all your rubbish into the bin. However, you can significantly contribute to environment-friendly waste removal when you take the time to consider the materials or items you are disposing of. If you are not certain how to sort the items in your bin, take a look at our guide here on what you can and can’t put in our mobile skips.
What rubbish can (and can’t) be recycled.
It is true that you can save some money using your own trailer or ute to dispose of your waste. However, the more environmentally-friendly rubbish removal option is to hire a Mobile Skip. Recyclable materials will be transformed into new materials and green waste will become earth’s food. You can save yourself from the hassle of making trips to the landfill while ensuring that your rubbish will be disposed of appropriately and carefully.
We ensure that we perform environmentally responsible waste management. Play your part in caring for the environment! Book a bin with Mobile Skips today and ensure that your waste will be disposed of in an eco-friendly way, recycling in Australia.
How you can do your bit to make sure Australia stays clean
‘Reduce. Reuse. Recycle’. This commitment to making sustainable waste disposal choices is a common war cry. In 2018, more than ever, the word “recycling” has taken on new importance. With our planet relying on us to nurture and care for it and to ensure the next generations have access to the resources we do, recycling should be a priority for all Australians.
So it would be easy to think there’s nothing new to learn about recycling, right? Wrong! Using less of the things we really don’t need and making sure if we do need to throw stuff out we use a reputable and responsible rubbish removal team.
When you’re ready to recycle, we’ll be there for you all over Australia.
Mobile Skips will deliver fast to all suburbs in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Geelong along with the Mornington Peninsula & the Sunshine Coast. Book online now and we’ll be there within 3 hours to pick up all of your unwanted household rubbish.