Just by watching the global news, you see how floods, wildfires and typhoons are destroying communities, leaving people and animals homeless, hungry or dead. Now, more than ever, we need to be aware of how our daily consumption and waste practices contribute to Global Warming.
There are so many elements that aggravate the effects of greenhouse gases on earth, and plastic production is one of them. From the manufacturing stages down to the disposal process of plastic, this material has an enormously negative impact on our ecosystems and eventually, these synthetic materials end up in the food we eat, causing life-threatening diseases.
Over the past decade, plastic has become an indispensable part of our daily lives. You might not have the power to stop plastic production and consumption altogether. However, awareness is always the first step towards change. As such, in this article, we are going to discuss how Aussies typically deal with household waste removal and the most common ways people handle plastic disposal.
The Problem with Plastic Waste Disposal
Most plastics contain non-biodegradable materials, which is why disposing of them is quite a challenge. What’s more, there are no natural processes that can bring non-biodegradable plastic back into the biological cycle. Plastics last for years and even centuries. If you think that nothing lasts forever in this world, then plastic may change your opinion.
That said, every piece of plastic manufactured is collected and subjected to specialised treatments. These processes can be expensive and time-consuming. The following are the plastic waste management processes that Aussies generally use:
Frankly speaking, we can dump all plastics in landfills. However, such an option is highly wasteful and harmful to the environment. Disposing of plastic in landfills takes up a vast amount of space.
Moreover, it is a waste of energy and chemical constituents that could otherwise be used again in some form. In some countries with improperly handled landfills and industrial waste removal, flood water can carry the plastics out to the sea, or the wind can blow them into the waterways. As the plastic waste decomposes in the landfills, they produce pollutants (phthalates and bisphenol A) that can contaminate the soil and the surrounding environment.
Since manufacturers derive plastics from natural gas, they have a stored energy value that is higher than any other materials found in the waste stream. We can get some of the energy from plastic production by incinerating the discarded materials.
Of course, we know that incinerating plastic causes adverse health and environmental effects. The process releases hazardous substances eventually emitted into the atmosphere. For instance, the halogenated additives and PVC components of plastic waste can turn into polychlorinated-biphenyls and dioxins that goes to the environment through incineration.
A lot of plastic waste materials can be recycled, giving them a second life. However, we do not fully utilise this method because collecting and sorting the rubbish can be difficult. In some countries where developing waste management facilities is not a government priority, people dump the plastics recklessly into water bodies. Recycling is the most effective way to deal with plastic waste materials. However, its level of success depends on economic vitality, public awareness and the implementation of municipal waste infrastructures.
Residential Waste Disposal Tips
You might think that learning how to dispose of plastic waste properly is easy. After all, plastic is plastic, right? Well, if you’re planning to recycle plastic, you’ll need to take a step back. There are various types of plastics and not all of them are suitable for recycling. If you mix those plastic bottles with your yoghurt pot, you are merely ensuring that that bag waste materials will head straight to the landfill or to an incineration facility.
Here are some useful tips to remember when recycling plastic waste:
Most kerbside recycling programs collect beverage bottles that contain polyethene terephthalate (PET) plastic. Often, they are melted, then stretched into a fine thread. They are woven into durable, soft fabrics that are used in creating items like upholstery, clothing and carpeting. So, you must categorise plastic bottles together when recycling.
Cleaning and detergent product bottles contain high-density polyethene (HDPE), a type of plastic that is resistant to corrosion. Manufacturers recycle these bottles into outdoor furniture and other solid products like park benches, plastic lumber, trash receptacles and truck cargo liners. Make sure you wash the bottles before throwing them in the recycling bin.
Plastic bags often contain low-density polyethene (LDPE) or HDPE. Manufacturers can recycle these materials into plastic lumber for fences, decks and furniture. They can also become new plastic bags. Before you throw them in the recycling bin, make sure you remove food residue and get rid of any zipper closures.
Kerbside programs typically collect plastic containers for products like cheese, yoghurt and margarine. They often contain polypropylene (PP) which turn into landscape borders, battery cables, cafeteria trays and furniture.
Hire a Skip Bin for Household Waste Removal
Manually sorting plastics is a difficult job. If you don’t have time to gather your plastic waste materials into their respective categories, we suggest hiring a skip bin from A’n’K Budget Bins. What you can do is wash your plastics and collect them in your garage. Once you’ve accumulated an amount that can fit inside two wheelie bins, give us a call, and we’ll deliver a mini skip bin to your location.
Don’t worry about improper plastic waste management. Here at A’n’K Budget Bins we take the hassle out of recycling plastic.
So, if you’re ready to hire a skip bin today, call A’n’K Budget Bins! Contact us and get a free quote.