Prioritise Waste Management To Safeguard Water Quality And Minimise Pollution With Nationwide

THE TRUTH ABOUT WATER POLLUTION ISSUES.  IN AUSTRALIA AND WORLDWIDE

 

Nearly everywhere in the world, water pollution is a prevalent environmental problem. 

 

In Australia, one of the examples we see of water pollution is near the Great Barrier Reef – where water quality and pollution adversely affects the region’s biodiversity. This in turn negatively impacts the natural areas’ charm – and given its one of the most well known landmarks in the Australian travel destination market if not the world, the flow on effects to the economy are obvious.

 

That’s a local example of a global problem. 

 

We need to do better.

 

The high presence of microplastics in rivers and oceans is one of the most concerning aspects of our water pollution problems. These microscopic plastic particles, which are frequently undetectable to the human eye, come from a variety of sources, including synthetic textiles, plastic debris, and microbeads used in personal hygiene products.

They leach into lakes, rivers, and the ocean, causing major harm to aquatic life and maybe making their way up the food chain to humans.

 

“Industrial pollution and the discarding of plastic waste must be tackled for the sake of all life in the ocean.” 

Sir David Attenbourgh, renowned British naturalist and documentary filmmaker.

 

Australia’s not immune. Our isolated and pristine landscapes have been shown to contain microplastics, indicating the widespread nature of this issue. The threats they represent to the environment and public health are exacerbated by their capacity to absorb and transfer toxic chemicals. Prioritising sustainable waste management is key to preventing and reducing water pollution now and for the future.  

 

Water pollution poses serious challenges to aquatic ecosystems, public health, and biodiversity both in Australia and around the globe. There are multiple factors contributing to the problem like pesticides, fertilisers, and silt from agricultural runoff which can taint streams, lower water quality, and endanger aquatic life. 

 

Water quality is further compromised by contaminants including chemicals, heavy metals, and wastewater that are brought about by urbanisation and industrial activity.

 

Untreated sewage and other pollutants can also find their way into rivers due to antiquated stormwater management systems and inadequate wastewater treatment infrastructure. 

 

Extreme weather events and droughts brought on by climate change increase the strain on water resources, changing their availability and raising pollution levels.

 

Got it. We need to do better. Can our consumer choices help? Yes…. but…..

 

BEWARE OF GREENWASHING

In marketing, the term “greenwashing” describes how businesses portray information about their products or services to lead customers to believe they are eco-friendly. 

 

Greenwashing is a huge issue from an integrity and transparency point of view. Companies or organisations who ‘claim’ to be clean and green, actually are duping society by portraying false and misleading information. 

 

Think about buying commonly used household items. Your intentions are good, you’re looking for 100% compostable items.Trouble is, manufacturers know this so make products that appear to be ‘green’ and environmentally friendly, when the reality is they are not 100% biodegradable or sustainable for the environment. 

 

They choose to design these products for salability rather than sustainability. Often the non environmentally friendly version is sitting right next to the good version. They look almost indistinguishable in many cases – but the bad version is usually cheaper. So people buy them.

 

With a continued impact on our environment. 

 

Businesses engaged in greenwashing employ psychological and marketing strategies to influence customers into making decisions they are unaware will impact the environment negatively and the pollution that comes from buying their unsustainable products. 

 

Earth.Org have proactively called out several organisations and continue to monitor companies that market themselves and ‘greenwash’ to gain revenue benefits. Greenwashing is real and as a community we need to stand against it for the future of our planet. 

 

At Nationwide we are fully aware of greenwashing techniques and the negative impact this can have on our environment. 

 

We don’t greenwash. We tell it how it is, in plain language. Our solutions are strategic, working in partnerships with real businesses that actually do recycle. 

 

If something is not recyclable with current technologies, we will tell you. And look at other strategies to minimise your business impact, such as waste to energy.

 

Our team is highly experienced in best practices for waste management and working with clients to solve any issues they might have from liquid waste disposal, industrial waste management through to bulk cardboard recycling and secure document destruction services

 

You can be confident that our team will ensure that you have a tailored strategy that is not only simple to manage but also sustainable for the future.   

 

That covers greenwash. Let’s get back to exploring water pollution!

 

WHAT ARE THE REAL IMPACTS OF WATER POLLUTION?    

Water pollution is a global concern that impacts all kinds of life on the planet, ranging from microscopic animals to the largest mammals. Clean water is essential for ecosystems to develop and for the survival of plants, animals, insects, birds, and fish. 

 

Pollution, on the other hand, disrupts this delicate equilibrium, having negative effects on ecosystem degradation, habitat destruction, and biodiversity.

Here is what an Algal Bloom looks like. This it what happens when excess nutrients enter water. 

The concentration of algae increases significantly, often reducing the amount of oxygen available for fish to the point where many end up dying.  

Looks ugly doesn’t it.

Water contamination has far-reaching implications on society and the environment that go beyond its immediate effects. Water supplies that are contaminated endanger human health, resulting in diseases and negatively affect living conditions for populations worldwide. 

 

Additionally, contaminated rivers impede commercial businesses like fishing, farming, and tourism, which has an impact on people’s means of subsistence and socioeconomic advancement.

 

FACT: Water pollution kills around 10,000 people globally every day – that’s 3.6 million deaths per year! 

 

Ecosystems and biodiversity are continually threatened by water pollution on a global scale. As an example, DDT pesticide use has caused alligators’ reproductive habits to be disturbed in the everglades of Miami, illustrating the far-reaching effects of chemical contamination on wildlife reproduction.

Added to this, aquatic habitats and creatures are severely at danger of survival due to increasing mercury levels which is a consequence of industrial activity.

Widespread in oceans, microplastics have accumulated in astonishing amounts, poisoning marine habitats and endangering the existence of marine life. 

A clear reminder of the effects of human activity on marine ecosystems and the pressing need for action to mitigate microplastic pollution is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This Pacific Trash Vortex is a region in the North Pacific Ocean with a significant concentration of marine garbage. 

Though not usually visible to the unaided eye, tiny plastic fragments are assumed to make up the majority of the debris in the “Garbage Patch”. At least 8 million tons of plastic enter our oceans each year, and ocean-borne plastic is forecast to double by 2030, according to the World Wildlife Fund organisation.

 

SAFEGUARDING OUR WATERWAYS AND RESPONSIBLE WASTE MANAGEMENT     

Water is not usually perfectly clear in its natural state. Processes that can cause water to appear murky, clouded, coloured, or salty (saline) include decomposing plants and animals, tidal flows that churn up sediment, runoff that contains minerals, and sediment and nutrients.

 

Point sources and diffuse sources are the two of the main origins of water contamination.

 

  • Point Sources: A discharge or outflow from a pipe or outlet, is referred to as a “point source.” While some industries discharge to the sewer system, the Environmental Protection Act of 1994 mandates that licences be obtained for point source and sewage system discharges from environmentally significant activities. Substances such as fats, oils, grease (FOG’s), detergents, herbicides, pesticides, paints, and solvents can enter our waterways via sewage, sinks and toilets, leading to issues with the sewer system and our rivers. Pertinent to this category of waste management are our services for grease trap cleaners and medical waste collection to ensure this type of contamination is not entering our waterways.

 

  • Diffuse Sources: ‘Diffuse’ or ‘non-point source’ discharges originate from multiple sources like runoff from urban and agricultural sources. Pollutants are carried by runoff from metropolitan areas’ stormwater drains into nearby waterways. These sources include: 
    • Plastic bags, drink containers, food wrappers, cigarette butts, oil and tyre rubber from roads, garden fertilisers, chemicals, and soil from gardens, bacteria and microorganisms from animal faeces.
    • Runoff water carries a mixture of soil and chemicals into waterways, where it can result in:
      • Eutrophication (e.g. algal blooms) 
      • Sedimentation
      • Excessive plant growth brought on by fertiliser nutrients causes silt to accumulate on creek and river bottoms
      • Poisoning that causes aquatic plants and animals to die

At Nationwide we champion the education of our clients and their teams on where the greatest sources of waste come from. In conjunction with this, we also review current waste management practices to ensure they are viable, sustainable, timely and meet all local and national regulatory requirements. We want to take your waste management from good to great! 

 

WASTE RECYCLING: SAVING WATER QUALITY ONE STEP AT A TIME

Recycling e-waste is an essential step in reducing pollution in the environment and protecting public health. Electronic waste, including computers, mobile phones, and televisions, can be recycled to keep dangerous materials like lead, mercury, and cadmium out of waterways and the food chain. Both human health and aquatic ecosystems are seriously endangered by these harmful heavy metals.

 

In a similar vein, recycling fluorescent tubes and bulbs is crucial to avoiding mercury exposure. One fluorescent light bulb’s worth of mercury can contaminate more than 22,000 litres of water, exceeding the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended limits. These bulbs decompose in landfills over time, releasing mercury that seeps into streams and jeopardises human and aquatic life.

 

Food waste can also be effectively managed by turning it into compost or fertiliser. Food waste is often composed of nitrogen, which is common in food scraps. By recycling food waste, we ensure that nitrogen is returned to the soil as a nutrient for plants instead of washing into water bodies where it can cause harmful algal blooms and water pollution.

 

Recycling plastic instead of disposing of it in a landfill lowers the possibility of microplastics leaking into the environment. Timber and cardboard recycling contribute greatly to overall waste management requirements for most businesses. Whether you’re looking for a timber pallet collection company or cardboard recycling companies, we offer every service you’ll need.   

 

PROTECTING OUR WATERWAYS TOGETHER

Our expert team offers guidance and tailored waste services in true partnership with our clients. We want to understand your challenges and become an extension of your team. Creating opportunities to improve processes, having open and transparent communication are key. We can reduce pollution, maintain water quality, and create a better environment for present and future generations through innovative and tailored strategies.  Contact our team today

 

Other waste and related services Nationwide provides include:

Baler Hire Sydney

Commercial Pest Control

E-Waste Collections

Food Waste Collection

Hygiene Services

Liquid Waste Disposal Brisbane

Liquid Waste Disposal Melbourne

Liquid Waste Disposal Sydney

Plastic recycling companies

Recycling company Sydney

Skip Hire

Washroom Services

Waste Management Brisbane

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Waste Management Melbourne

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