What does being sustainable really mean?
According to the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy, Australians produce 64 million tonnes of waste annually, recycling only 60% of it. The waste being produced is equivalent to the amount of 500 Sydney Harbour Bridges ending up in our landfills annually.
Reducing the amount of waste has proven to be difficult, as our population is continually growing. So what is the next best alternative? We need to transform our waste into something that can be used again. We need to become more sustainable.
Why do we need sustainable practices so badly?
The accumulation of waste has a huge negative impact on the natural environment. A lot of the landfill we put into our Earth will never biodegrade, meaning polystyrene will forever be in our ground and environment. Even the incineration of waste is harmful, with toxins being released into the air and polluting our atmosphere.
What are the different solutions for sustainable waste management?
Sustainable waste management is becoming more important than ever. Simple, everyday materials such as glass, cardboard, plastic, electronic components, batteries and construction materials can be transformed into new packaging, fuels or even compost.
Are we falling behind?
In other parts of the globe, sustainability has a much higher priority than here. Sweden boasts a reuse rate of 98%. In other parts of the world, such as San Francisco, it is illegal to use packaging made from non-biodegradable materials such as polystyrene. If we adopted a couple of these strategies, a world of difference could be made.
Stocking waste in landfills has a high financial and environmental cost for our society. There are many options to recycle everything we are using, and it doesn’t require that much effort. Just a little mindfulness from our community can make all the difference.
Doyle Bros is an Australian owned and operated waste manager that has been leading the way in providing responsible, sustainable and ethical waste management solutions across Sydney for nearly 30 years. If you would like to reduce your ecological footprint, contact us today!