Refuse is a term used to describe both recyclable and non-recyclable disposable materials. Most people use the word refuse interchangeably with waste. However, waste refers to any type of materials that is leftover and cannot be reused or recycled.
Refuse, on the other hand, is any leftover that is left to decay, for instance, vegetables, or reusable items such as metals or plastics. Refuse, when disposed of improperly can cause major environmental consequences that can cause harm to both human beings and animals.
To limit the amount of refuse ending up in landfills and water bodies, people are encouraged to manage their refuse properly, follow responsible disposal practises and reuse or recycle as many products as they can.
Below are 15 facts and stats about refuse items in Sydney:
- The highest amount of refuse is generated during festive seasons. The time between Christmas and new year, an extra million tons of refuse is generated every week.
- Sydney has three major landfills. Two of the landfills take putrescible or organic refuse, while the third takes non-organic waste.
- According to statistics, only a third of plastic packing waste is recycled. This means, about 600,000 tonnes of plastic packing is not recovered for recycling out of 900,000 used.
- There are limited recycling plants in Sydney, Australia. Therefore, the highest percentage of its refuse is exported to other countries for recycling, rather than handling it domestically.
- Aluminium can be recycled as many times without losing its quality, yet only a small fraction of aluminium cans are recovered and recycled. However, the percentage of recycled aluminium is higher than that of plastics and metals.
- The amount of waste generated annually is growing at twice the rate of population. This means as cities become more populated, the amount of waste continues to grow rapidly.
- There is a lot of food generated in Australia every year, however, much of this food ends up in a landfill and yet many people still struggle to afford their daily meals.
- If only 1 per cent of the population in Sydney composted food refuse than throwing them away, it would save approximately 45 million kilograms of carbon dioxide.
- While the rate at which refuse is being recycled each year increases, the rate at which more waste is generated also continue to increase. We should yearn to reduce consumption and increase recycling to reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfills.
- On average, every Australian produces approximately 330 kilograms of waste paper and 118 kilograms of plastic waste every year.>
- Although we are now in a digital generation, paper and cardboard are still the number one consumer item and around 230kg per person per year of the un-recycled paper is used.
- Australia is among the leading countries in paper and cardboard recycling rates. Recycling one tonne of paper saves 23 trees and other resources used in the process of paper manufacturing.
- Plastic bottles are among the most common type of refuse found in landfills. However, it will take them years to fully decompose because they are sheltered from sunlight.
- Australia, whose capital city is Sydney, is among the most wasteful countries in the developed world. The percentage of waste generation in Australia is higher than its population.
- More than two-thirds of adults in Sydney are concerned about the rising levels of household waste accumulations and disposal. As a result, more people are trying to dispose of their waste efficiently and in an environmentally friendly manner.
From the facts and figures above, about refuse accumulation and disposal in Sydney and Australia, it is scary to know that more and more trash is generated every day. However, saving the environment from the harm caused by irresponsible waste disposal is an area where everyone has to play their part. Landfills emit dangerous gases, they are unpleasant and limit the amount of available space in society.
For responsible waste disposal in Sydney, contact Paul’s Rubbish Removal. At Paul’s we care about the environment, therefore all our waste is disposed responsibly and in an eco-friendly manner or it is recycled.
Call us today to know more about our services at 0407 125 125.
Excellent service; quote given on the spot for major clean-up of household throw-outs. The team provides quick, efficient and courteous removal! Very satisfied customer.
We needed a few boys to come down to the building site and remove large amounts of materials after the demolition. Paul was very friendly and gave us all the info we needed. We scheduled for him to come down on the same-day as it was an urgent job. Not only did he arrive on-time and got the job done, he very professional throughout the clean-out and managed his team very well. Top job mate!
Paul did a splendid job with cleaning out our backyard. We had old fridges, computers, microwaves, timber flooring and heaps of other junk left over from our house renovation. Paul was quick to provide advice and how much it’d cost to get everything cleaned up. He arrived at a time which suited us best and left absolutely no rubbish behind. I can not stress how happy we are now that our family home is junk-free! Thank you!
Wanted to say a big thanks to Paul and his team for sorting out our rubbish on such late notice. Paul provided a fast and affordable quote, arrived on-time and had our rubbish totally removed within the time-frame we had given them. Can’t fault these guys whatsoever!
You guys are great, I’ll happily recommend you. I just wished I had found you sooner. I felt your price was a little too low when you quoted… so I didn’t think you would do such a good job… well done for proving me wrong.
Paul, sensational job as always, love how easy you make it look. Definitely won’t hesitate in calling you again should either my family or friends need rubbish removed. Thanks again!
Dear Paul, My husband told me what a great job you did in the kitchen, I got home and found every bit of our demolished kitchen removed and I just wanted to write and say thank you for doing it so quickly, thoroughly and for cleaning up afterwards as well. I would have no hesitation in recommending you. We both felt your price was very reasonable too. Many thanks.