The waste we generate is no longer considered rubbish or trash to be throw into landfill; and rightly so. A great number of nations including the USA, UK and Australia cannot keep up with volume of their waste, so what do you do; we ship to places like China and 3rd world countries to deal with our problem.
China has recently informed the world
“By the end of 2017, imports of mixed paper, scrap plastics, including PVC, PET, polyethylene and polystyrene, basically a lot of packaging material, will be banned from entering China. Industry bodies have called the measure “devastating”. Source:-Raconteur
On a recent research trip to the UK I heard lots of talk around reduce, reuse and recycling. One major supermarket; Iceland is vowing to eliminate plastic on all own-branded products and Prime Minster Theresa May pledging to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste within 25 years as part of the government’s environmental strategy.
All positive but how can we make our waste a valuable commodity?
There’s a saying “Oils aren’t oils” likewise “Waste isn’t waste”. With a few simple tips we can turn our waste into a valuable commodity.
How to reduce your recycling carbon footprint
Did you know when the wrong thing goes into the recycle bin at home or in the office, then mixed into the recycling stream, the whole batch can be contaminated; making not suitable for recycling, consequently it is sent to landfill. Getting the right thing into the right bin can make a huge difference to the value of our waste.
Based on estimates, the world cities generated 1.3 billion tonnes of waste annually with Asia accountable for 1 million tonnes per day. With current urbanisation and population growth rate, the global waste generation is estimated to rise to 2.2 billion tonnes by 2025:- Global Waste Management Conference
With a few simple changes or reminders, we can reduce our recycling carbon footprint
- Place recyclables loose in the bin, not in plastic bags.
- Rinse or scrap dirty containers of excessive food before placing in the bin.
- Save water by rinsing dirty containers at the end of your dishwashing.
- Do not place food solids, green waste (garden waste) or animal waste in the recycling bin
- If in doubt ask your local authorities what can and can’t be recycled
- Get to know your triangles, it makes recycling a lot less confusing
If in doubt check it out
With all good intentions some things end up in the recycle bin which cannot be recycled. What we can and can’t recycle depends heavily on where you live, some local governments cannot recycle what others can. Each local government negotiates contracts with different waste management companies, if in doubt check it out.
As there are no standard rules for or guidelines for recycling which cover all our readers in Australia, New Zealand or the USA, UK or Singapore, please refer to your local government or authority
Further tips to recycle visit https://www.ecoorganiser.com.au/recycling-responsible-disposal-resources/
Reduce the impact of recycling through responsible design
As consumers we have the ability to pressure marketing and packaging companies to do the right thing and design packaging which simplifies recycling. Through good design we can reduce the impact recycling has on our planet. We must demand that packaging is manufactured from the one material, example: PET water bottle, bottle, lid and label are manufactured from the one material (PET).
Refill and Reuse
We can reduce the consumption of PET water bottles by refilling and reusing a bottle over and over again, obviously this does not apply to all packaged beverages, but it will make a difference.
The 10R’s™Rethink Responsible Refuse Repurpose Reorganise Repair Reduce Reuse Recycle Reward