The Hard Facts About Environmental Degradation – And What We Should Do to Help Prevent It


If you’re looking for national waste management companies in Australia – Nationwide Waste stands out from the crowd. Walk with us on our journey to improve tomorrow by the actions we take and the solutions we create today.

Our deep seated belief is that we create open and transparent partnerships for advancement that will address today’s waste issues and provide a better future for all. We hear from customers all the time that they are concerned about on time service delivery, waste management practices, and what we, as an organisation, are doing to ensure the planet will be healthier and reduce environmental degradation. 

On that – what exactly is Environmental Degradation? It doesn’t sound good!

Degradation of the environment refers to a variety of factors, including pollution, the loss of habitats, ecosystem collapse, species extinction, and the depletion of resources including soil, water, and air quality. 

And yep. That’s bad. Very very bad.

As a nation, if we don’t address the proper management of waste, recycling, reuse, and resource reduction, we will continue to face the following: 

  • Accelerating Climate Change: In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the average temperature of the Earth, which has resulted in more frequent and severe heatwaves, storms, and bushfires.
  • Loss of Biodiversity: The rate of extinction of species is 1,000 times higher than it was prior to human involvement, endangering ecosystems and reducing genetic diversity, which is necessary for evolution – and even reproduction.
  • Deforestation: Each year, enormous tracts of forest are cut down for logging, agriculture, and urban development; this causes habitat loss, carbon emissions, and disturbances to water sources.
  • Ocean Acidification: This is caused by increased carbon dioxide emissions that are absorbed by the oceans. This damages marine life, especially coral reefs and shellfish.
  • Plastic Pollution: This affects marine life, contaminates food chains, and even gets into human bodies through eating contaminated seafood products. Every year, more than 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans. Would you like a side of plastic with your meal?

According to the Rainforest Foundation US, Brazil’s Amazon burned 26.4 million acres in 2023 which is a 35.4% increase over the previous year. That roughly equates to an area almost the size of the whole state of Victoria being destroyed year after year. When forests are disturbed or removed, greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide are released. Roughly 10% of global warming is caused by the loss and degradation of forests. If we don’t stop deforestation, there is just no way that we can combat this climatic catastrophe.

If we don’t work together and act now against climate change, we risk significant and possibly irreversible changes to the temperature and ecology of our planet, putting the existence of numerous species, including humans, in jeopardy as well as the stability of ecosystems and communities across the world.


Our mission at Nationwide is to build a greener tomorrow. Working hand in hand with our clients, we build lines of open communication, always act with integrity, and tailor solutions that drive confidence in every aspect of the services we provide. Not only are we connecting with people, we are also connecting with the environment to bring about change – long term, environmentally sustainable, positive change. 

One of the most famous educational scientists in America, Bill Nye The Science Guy, is a huge advocate for saving the planet through science and education. He later became the CEO of the Planetary Society and is a strong supporter of acting now to stop climate change. 

“To leave the world better than you found it, sometimes you have to pick up other people’s trash.” – Bill Nye

This is why we believe the services we provide at Nationwide are so critical to managing waste effectively and employing greener practices. Starting with timber pallet recycling (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane), secure document destruction, and cardboard collection and recycling. 

  • Timber Pallet Recycling: Recycling timber pallets protects wood resources, lessening the need for logging and reducing deforestation, both of which are essential for halting climate change and protecting biodiversity. Reclaimed wood is recovered and shredded into smaller pieces for use in mulch or biofuel production by deconstructing old pallets. This procedure encourages resource efficiency and reduces the amount of timber dumped in landfills. Recycling wood pallets helps create a more sustainable economy by lowering waste, preserving resources, and lessening the impact on the environment. In addition to helping the environment, it offers your business an economical and environmentally responsible solution.
  • Document Destruction Services: This includes safe shredding and recycling of private papers, safeguarding sensitive data, and preventing identity theft. These services lessen the amount of paper waste that ends up in landfills by safely shredding documents, encouraging waste diversion, and lessening environmental impact. Confidential documents are gathered, and industrial-grade shredders are used to securely shred them. The paper is subsequently recycled into new products, reducing the environmental impact of paper production and preserving valuable resources. Our document destruction services provide a safe and sustainable way for you to safely manage paper waste and private records.
  • Cardboard Collection & Recycling: We pride ourselves on standing out from the crowd when it comes to cardboard collection companies. At Nationwide, the circular economy and recycling are always at the forefront of everything we do. Recycling cardboard and other paper waste products = fewer trees being cut down. In turn, this leads to improvements in water quality, habit regeneration, and overall air quality. Typically, cardboard is gathered from a variety of sources, including businesses, and sorted according to its type and quality. The cardboard is then compressed, baled, and delivered to recycling centres, where it is transformed into fresh cardboard goods, lowering the amount of waste dumped in landfills and promoting a circular economy.


So while we may be ‘picking up other people’s trash’, the role we play at Nationwide is crucial. Through strategically planned waste management processes, tailored to your business, we can partner with you to protect our precious resources now and into the future. 


The Waste Hierarchy (pictured below) is a set of priorities for identifying and ranking the waste management techniques that are least harmful to the environment. Preventive measures are at the top of the pyramid, followed by minimisation, reuse, recycling, energy recovery, and disposal. The Hierarchy encourages choices with the least negative effects on the environment, such as reusing or recycling goods to reduce pollution and conserve resources, in the event that waste cannot be avoided. The waste hierarchy’s ultimate goal is to direct people and organisations towards waste management techniques that are more environmentally friendly and avoid waste going to landfill. 




Food waste and organic material recycling through composting is one of the simplest places to start. Recycling food waste into compost improves water absorption and nutrient distribution in the soil, increasing crop yield. Compost also enriches the soil with carbon and other vital nutrients, making it less necessary to use fertilisers derived from petroleum. Compost also meets the carbon, potassium, and nitrogen needs of plants, in contrast to chemical fertilisers, which. Soil degradation can result from adding chemical fertilisers, which over time reduce soil carbon levels. By composting and supplying a balanced nutrient supply, we help to maintain soil carbon content, which promotes long-term soil health and sustainability.

Our food organics recycling and food waste bin collection service is the ideal option for sustainable organic waste management. The Nationwide team is here to ensure your business can achieve sustainability targets and corporate social responsibility goals. Your organic and food waste will be processed responsibly and become a valuable, nutrient rich resource. Depending on the type, our food waste recycling collections are often delivered to local facilities that produce stockfeed, compost, or recover resources.

Efficient liquid waste management begins with identifying the many types of liquid waste your business generates. Managing chemical waste, hazardous liquids, trade waste, and other types of wastewater is key to protecting our waterways, ecosystems, and habitat from degradation. Types of liquids might include:

  • Chemical Waste: Businesses using chemicals in their daily production processes can often generate hazardous liquid waste that needs to be disposed of correctly. Pharmaceuticals, pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, solvents, acids, and bases are all included in this. For these types of liquid waste to be managed efficiently, we provide chemical waste management services that meet all regulatory and environmental protocols. 
  • Hazardous Liquids: Liquids that are hazardous to the environment and human health present serious risks. In order to reduce possible dangers and prevent contamination, proper handling, storage, and disposal are essential. Careful adherence to safety procedures is absolutely necessary for the efficient handling of hazardous liquids.
  • Trade Waste: This can describe a variety of liquid by-products (fats, oil, grease) produced by industrial and commercial processes. An essential component of trade waste management is grease trap cleaning, which lowers the possibility of blockages and environmental contamination by preventing grease buildup in wastewater systems. Frequent cleaning encourages effective wastewater treatment procedures and guarantees regulatory compliance.
  • General Wastewater: This pertains to water that is tainted with chemicals or pollutants and is used in a variety of operations, including cooling, manufacturing, and cleaning. It is by far the most prevalent type of liquid waste produced by most businesses.

Partnering with our team to provide liquid waste collection, handling, and management strategies that will simplify this often complex process, is the first step to a cleaner future. By working together, we can all do our part to maintain the safety and sustainability of our businesses, community, and environment for a greener outcome. 


Our experienced team at Nationwide can advise you on all facets of sustainable waste management.

Environmental degradation can come from many sources generated by businesses across all industry verticals, each with its own unique challenges.

Medical waste and medical waste disposal are core areas we focus on, as well as recycling, bulk waste removal, pest control, and many more.

Contact our team today to organise a free assessment and kick start your sustainable waste management plan for the future. 

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