Last month, on the 22nd of April, we celebrated Earth Day – the world’s largest environmental movement. A movement that over 1 billion people participate in each year, Earth Day’s mission is to raise awareness, educate, and activate change to protect the environment. On this day, we’re encouraged to get involved with environmental projects in our community, pledge to encourage policy change, and make greener everyday choices. Whether our greener choices are big or small, Earth Day promotes the fact that “when we come together, the impact can be monumental.”
We’re encouraged to act sustainably in every aspect of the word, and this is highlighted by a different theme, or campaign, each year. Last year’s campaign was to end plastic pollution. This includes ending single-use plastics, promoting 100% recycled plastic, and encouraging stricter government regulation on human behaviour concerning plastics.
As your trusted waste management Sydney company, ending plastic pollution directly relates to our business and to the solutions that we provide to our clients, here at Nationwide Waste Solutions. Our goal is to recycle as much of our client’s rubbish as possible, and the best way to achieve this is to educate them on how to recycle properly on site.
This year’s Earth Day campaign is ‘Protect Our Species,’ and places a heavy focus on threatened and endangered species. So how does this years theme relate to our business and to you, as a stakeholder concerned with sustainable waste management? All eco-friendly practices relate to each other, in one way or another. In fact, a quote by American marine biologist and conservationist, Rachel Carson, sums it up perfectly – “In nature, nothing exists, alone.” Here is how correctly segregating and reducing our waste relates directly to 2019’s Earth Day focus.
1. Reducing our Landfill
We all know how important it is to put our rubbish in the bin, but we rarely consider where our rubbish ends up when our bins get collected.
It is estimated that 20 million tonnes of rubbish makes its way to landfill sites across Australia each year. Landfills produce harmful gases that can leach into our waterways, cause pollution, and harm our marine life. Amongst the Earth Day Network’s (EDN’s) concerns for endangered species are fish, sharks, whales, crustaceans, sea turtles and coral reef.
Reducing our landfill can be achieved by reducing the amount of waste we produce. Instead, we’re encouraged to use reusable products. Additionally, landfill reduction can be achieved by correctly segregating recyclables. The amount of recyclables that end up in landfill each year, rather than recycling sites, is concerning and almost makes recyclable materials redundant. For example, glass bottles can take between 4,000 to a million years to break down in landfill, if not recycled.
Our concern with reducing Australian landfill can be achieved by making a conscious effort to put our rubbish in the correct bins and replace general rubbish with reusable items, such as replacing soft plastics to wrap our lunch with Tupperware.
2. Recycling Paper and Cardboard
Using recycled paper and cardboard significantly reduces the need for raw materials. This saves trees, as well as the animals who feed off of or live in trees in their habitat. Amongst the EDN’s concerns for endangered species are birds, gorillas, and giraffes.
Paper and cardboard are two of the most sustainable materials, and amongst the easiest and most affordable materials to recycle. Our solutions, at Nationwide, work fundamentally to divert waste from landfill and significantly increase our client’s recycling rate.
For the rest of the year, the EDN’s major focus is protecting our vulnerable species. Our staff, here at Nationwide, encourage all of our clients and stakeholders to keep this in mind while segregating and handling your waste.
Is your business looking for a more sustainable waste management solution? Speak to one of our experts to discuss our advice and strategies to help you achieve this on 1300 729 922 or on our website.