Facts About Australia’s Rubbishadmin2019-05-10T11:13:13+00:00
Facts About Australia’s Rubbish
Australia produces an incredibly alarming amount of trash each and every day. While it’s often easy to simply toss our rubbish and forget about it, excess waste is something we all should be concerned about. Proper rubbish disposal is important to keep our communities and environment clean and free of pollution. Here are some alarming facts about Australia’s rubbish that you should know.
Australians Produce More Trash Per Person Than Most Countries
Australians produce an alarming amount of rubbish – so much rubbish that it’s more than almost every other country in the world. On average, Australians produce between 300 and 400 kg of rubbish per family each and every year. With a population nearing 25 million, that’s a lot of rubbish that’s produced every year.
There are some simple ways that you can reduce the amount of trash that your home produces. Being aware of what you can and can’t recycle is an important step in reducing waste. Paper, glass, and most plastics can be recycled, which is the bulk of what we toss on a day to day basis.
Glass Takes Over a Million Years to Decompose
While most people think about plastic being the biggest issue when tossing rubbish, glass actually takes an incredibly long time to decompose as well. While plastic is very dangerous for our wildlife, glass is just as concerning and should always be recycled if possible.
Glass takes well over 1 million years to decompose in our natural environment, and much longer in a landfill. With so much glass tossed in the rubbish every day, recycling is an effective way to cut down on the amount of glass in our landfills.
Australians Use 4 Billion Plastic Bags a Year
Plastic bags are a massive problem for our environment and wildlife. Australians use over 4 billion plastic bags every year, and most of them end up in our landfills or improperly disposed of in our environment. What’s worse, consumers rarely reuse plastic bags and simply toss them after the first use.
The best bag choice to make when you’re shopping is to bring your own reusable bag. That way, you’re not contributing to the plastic bag problem and you’re also not impacting our environment by using paper bags. Countless trees are used every year to produce paper bags. While they’re better than plastic, using your own reusable bag is the best option.
More Than 1 Million Sea Creatures Die Every Year From Rubbish
Improper rubbish disposal is impacting our marine life, killing over 1 million sea creatures every year. It’s estimated that by the year 2050, more plastic will be in our oceans than fish. That’s a scary thought, but it doesn’t have to be that way. By reducing the amount of plastic waste that you produce, you’ll positively impact our ocean’s wildlife.
How You Can Help
While these facts are certainly alarming, you can help protect our oceans and wildlife by reducing the amount of rubbish your home produces. Sorting out your recycling, choosing biodegradable products over plastic, and purchasing reusable bags and storage containers are all simple things you can do to make a meaningful impact. With just a little effort, we can protect our oceans and environment and keep Australia beautiful.