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Plastic Waste Management: Is Australia Ready for Graphene Technology?

Plastic wastes are like toxic tsunamis invading every corner of our lands and oceans— threatening marine life and humans alike. You probably might be wondering how the Australian government can address our overuse of plastics. Or do we even stand a chance to manage effectively and reduce our surging rubbish on plastics?

In 2017-2018 alone, Australians used a whopping 3.4 million tonnes of plastics. The recycled portion of it only reached 9.4 per cent or 320, 000 tonnes. Of that same amount, Australia reprocessed 46% (145,700 tonnes) of it within the country while exported 54% (174,300). Our plastic waste management and recovery become so slow, leaving us on how to find ways in solving such an issue.

On top of everything, we might see plastic issues on a new shed of light. As technology and researches advance rapidly, plastics are now convertible into new different items. With graphene technology, Australia would no longer face issues on plastic wastes.

How Can Graphene Technology Resolve Our Plastic Waste?

Dumping your plastic bottles and jars on the recyclables gives you the idea that everything on it goes to the recycling facilities. But that’s not the real score. Contaminated plastics on your recycling bins are more likely to go in the landfill sites.

Mixing your plastic wastes with papers, cardboards and other unwanted junks can reroute your recyclable plastics to the landfills. Such problem leads our plastic waste management out of track. But contaminated plastics are not an issue with graphene technology.

The technology of graphene making aims to create a thin yet strong layer of carbon for different purposes. Any material composed of carbon is essential to produce graphene. Hydrocarbons are the main component of all plastics; thus, your dumped single-use plastics and jars are useful in creating graphene-based items.

While mixing other rubbish becomes a hindrance to recycling all your plastic wastes, the case is different for the graphene manufacturing process. As long as it has carbon, any trash can become a potential source of graphene. Another good thing here, the commercial graphene facility commences in Western Australia and the same with other parts of the continent. 

On Graphene Technology: Winning the War on Plastic Wastes

Graphene Creates More Durable Plastics for Recycling Purposes

Recycling your single-used plastics and plastic bottles demands higher costs compared to producing new plastics from virgin raw materials. Aside from that, plastics can lose their physical properties every time they undergo the recycling process. As the recyclability of your plastics become limited, these might all end up in the landfills overtime.

As some companies across Australia incorporate graphene technology to plastic production, it provides a sustainable solution to reusability of plastics. Plastics added with graphene are more durable and more suitable to the recycling process. Such reinvented material can also withstand and remains unchanged after successive recycling process— enhancing the recyclability of any plastics.

Repurposing Plastics with Graphene Technology  

With its superb strength and lightness, graphene is a promising nano-material that can ramp up the properties and performance of any materials in the different industries. Graphene-based materials pave the market into producing the highest quality of concretes, batteries, elastomers, polymers and water filtration.

Using graphene-enhanced materials are also possible for car parts, furniture, fencepost and even roads. Harnessing our skyrocketing plastic wastes to generate more graphene is a win-win solution. On that, we can triumph with our war on plastic wastes while upgrading many items with graphene-based materials.

In a Nutshell

Graphene technology allows the creation of more substantial and more durable products in the market. With Australia’s surging plastic wastes, it can supply the demand for carbon-rich materials in generating graphene-based materials. The current graphene technology in Australia sheds the new light in allowing us for more effective and comprehensive plastic waste management.

At Paul’s Rubbish Removal, we are in one movement towards reducing all our plastic wastes. Before graphene technology takes into full-blown commercialisation, our team is already helping residents across Sydney for over ten years. Our expert removers can sort, properly dispose of and recycle all your plastic rubbish. We have partnered with material recycling facilities to make sure that we divert most of your used plastics from overladen landfills.

We are only a phone call away to deliver eco-friendly and comprehensive rubbish removal services in Sydney. Contact our accommodating staff at 0407 125 125 as we help you solve all your rubbish issues today!


Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann is a Digital Content Writer for Paul's Rubbish Removal. Sarah is a huge advocate for recycling, environmental sustainability, health and well-being and has a genuine love for all sea animals. Keep up with Sarah by following Paul's Rubbish Removal blog!

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