Recycling has been one of the many endeavours that many people all around the world are concerned about today. This is because this is one of the 5Rs (reduce, reuse, recover and repair are the other four) that are said to help save the environment. Get to know facts about recycling from the land down under and in all other parts of the globe.
Australia’s waste generation is the highest when compared to all other countries in the world
Statistics show that each household in Australia approximately produces up to 400 kilograms of waste annually. This is by far the highest waste generation per capita on an annual basis. Topping the list of what goes to the Australian landfill are food organics. This is said to be almost 67% or 2/3 of the total waste products that are sent to the landfill.
Australians endeavour to recycle
It is good to note however that Australian citizens are already doing their part when it comes to changing the way they generate waste by converting these into other useful items. It was noted that in the year 2008, Australia was ranked number one amongst the world’s recyclers of newspapers. Apart from recycling newspapers, Australia has also converted steel cans and statistics show that around 17.5 million of these cans are being recycled weekly. This number is equivalent to 900 cars.
There are many items that are already being recycled all over the world
Organic materials that are thrown in the landfill will decompose through time and when they do, methane, a kind of greenhouse gas, is produced. This same greenhouse gas poses dangerous effects to our environment and can increase global warming potential. With recycling, these harmful effects are minimised.
Take for instance recycling newspapers. A tonne of recycled newspaper will be able to save landfill space of about three cubic metres. Also, when you decide to recycle a kilogram of cardboard or paper, you will also be able to reduce production of greenhouses gases by the same weight, that is, one kilogram.
All other items need to be recycled to help save Mother Earth
Apart from organic materials, newspaper, cardboard and paper, you can also recycle a lot of other items. Take for instance that of aluminium, plastic and glass. Did you know that you will save a lot of energy when you recycle aluminium and that savings is equivalent to the energy that you use when you watch TV for three hours?
Additionally, when you recycle a single plastic bottle, you will also be able to save energy equivalent to what you use when running a computer for about 25 minutes. You must also recycle glass a number of times because sending them to landfill will take around 4000 to even a million years for them to be broken down. Batteries, which are considered hazardous wastes, must also be recycled. You can even use the nickel from these batteries in order to produce stainless steel.
Today, there are many ways with which you can recycle your old items at home. You can use skip bin hire to help you with this endeavour. Talk to us and find out more!