Why We Try to Avoid Landfills
In Australia, we remain largely dependent on landfills for waste that we either can’t or don’t recycle. Unfortunately, landfills stop us from salvaging recyclable materials and exacerbate the adverse effects of global warming.
Approximately 51 percent of our waste ends up in a landfill, which though is admirable compared to many western nations still falls behind countries such as Germany, which recycles more than 60 percent of its waste.
Landfills can have disastrous effects on the quality of our air, land and water. Decomposing organic matter produces methane, which is a more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
Plus, tonnes of 100 percent recyclable materials such as glass and certain plastics needlessly end up in landfills and producing the same products from raw materials requires much more energy, which exacerbates the effects of global warming.
Responsible Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste
We believe that the responsible disposal of household hazardous waste (HHW) is a necessity, largely because many people are unaware of the negative consequences of improper disposal.
When poured down drains, into sewers, or thrown into landfills, HHW can cause injury and sickness to sanitation workers, pollute our water systems, contaminate surface and groundwater, and pose a risk to children and pets.
Examples of HHW include:
- Motor oil
- Drain cleaners
- Fluorescent lamps
- Cleaning chemicals
- Smoke detectors
Fortunately, thanks to our team’s dedication to separating waste onsite, we can dispose of HHW safely and responsibly to take care of our nation, our people, and the world.
Reducing the Amount of Plastic on Our Streets and in Landfills
Plastic is one of the most common types of rubbish found on Australia’s streets and in its landfills, and consumables such as plastic bags – the kind that 80 percent of supermarkets provide – are almost 100 percent recyclable.
Every year, around 3.76 out of a total of 3.96 billion plastic bags are thrown into landfills, which works out to around 429,000 bags a minute. It can take between 20 and 1,000 years for a plastic bag to biodegrade in a landfill, so, needless to say, we need to start recycling as many of them as possible.
Our team is more than aware of how damaging plastic bags can be to the environment if thrown in a landfill, which is why we ensure no bags – or any other form of recyclable plastic, for that matter – needlessly end up one.
We’re Here to Help
At Allmetro Bins, we know that recycling every bit of waste is not always easy or even possible, especially when you have a career and duties at home to focus on. Fortunately, when you have enough waste to fill one of our cost-effective mini skips, we’re more than happy to do the work for you.
We want to help you and Australia do its duty to protect the environment which protects us, which is why green waste disposal is at the top of our agenda. Do your part to help keep our world habitable and safe by contacting our team of highly trained professionals to collect, sort, and dispose of your waste responsibly.