The Invisible Threat: How Microplastics are Infiltrating Our Food Chain


Whilst maintaining our excellence in sustainable waste management practices, at Nationwide we never rest on our laurels. We are aware that there is always more to discover and learn. We’re constantly searching for ways to improve since what was best practice yesterday may not be so tomorrow. Our team is knowledgeable and committed to solving challenging issues with innovative and fresh ideas.


With the widespread prevalence and detrimental effects on ecosystems, microplastics is one area we can all work together to reduce waterway contamination. Aquatic life is at risk when these microscopic plastic particles build up in sediments after entering water bodies from a variety of sources, including landfill discharge. Microplastics can disrupt the food chain when people and animals eat polluted food sources and microplastics are often mistaken for food by marine species. Reducing hazards to public health and maintaining biodiversity is dependent on protecting our rivers, oceans and waterways. All of which emphasises the need for ongoing efficient waste management and pollution control strategies which have evolved since the first European settlement in Australia. 




Without proper liquid waste management practices in place, we know that waterways can become contaminated by heavy metals and chemicals from urban and industrial wastewater. These pollutants accumulate up the food chain and frequently shorten an organism’s life span and capacity for reproduction. 


At Nationwide, we partner with our clients to provide liquid waste collection, handling and liquid waste removal (Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne) strategies that will simplify this complex process. In Australia, liquid waste usually includes any waste that is in semi-liquid or liquid form. This might include: 


  • Wastewater: This is arguably the most prevalent kind of liquid waste produced by all kinds of businesses and industries. It contains water that is tainted with chemicals or pollutants and is used in a variety of operations, including cooling, manufacturing, and cleaning.
  • Hazardous Liquids: Toxic, caustic, or flammable liquids are a byproduct of many businesses. To protect the environment and ensure safety, these need to be handled and disposed of according to specific protocols.
  • Trade Waste: Liquids such as fats, oils, and grease (FOG) from cooking procedures are produced by some businesses, pertaining mainly to the hospitality sector. Ensuring you have the correct procedures for grease trap cleaning in place is paramount to meet regulatory requirements. 
  • Chemical Waste: Companies that utilise chemicals may produce hazardous liquid waste that needs to be disposed of safely. This includes solvents, acids and bases, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides and pharmaceuticals. We can assist with waste chemical collection services to effectively manage these kinds of waste and prevent them leaching into the environment and our waterways.

Identifying the many kinds of liquid waste that your company produces is the first step in efficient waste management practices. Our team can work with you to develop a tailored plan for efficiently and sustainably managing your waste. Together we can all make a positive contribution to keeping our waterways clean and safe both now and into the future.




In order to protect public health and avoid environmental contamination, medical waste management is essential. Medical waste improperly disposed of can seriously harm rivers, warerways, and oceans, causing pollution and upsetting natural ecosystems. Infectious waste, sharps, pharmaceutical waste, radioactive waste, and pathological waste are the most common types of medical waste. Ensuring a plan is in place for safe and sustainable medical waste disposal is a key strategy we discuss with many of our clients. Simplifying a very complex process is our goal and our clients appreciate the level of detail and ongoing support that Nationwide provides.  


Discarded gloves, gauze, and bandages tainted with blood or bodily fluids are examples of infectious waste that can spread disease to wildlife and humans when they end up in our waterways. Sharp objects like syringes and needles can pose a threat to the disposal process if not securely contained in sharps bins as they can pierce plastic bags and pose a needle stick threat. 


If disposed of incorrectly, pharmaceutical waste, which includes discarded or expired drugs as well as production byproducts, can contaminate water supplies. Pharmaceutical chemicals have the potential to seep into streams, harming aquatic life and contaminating ecosystems.

The health of the public and aquatic life may be in danger from radioactive waste that has been dumped into water bodies from medical facilities, research labs, and nuclear medicine procedures.

If pathological waste, such as tissues, organs, and anatomical specimens, is not properly disposed of, it can transmit infections and toxins into waterways, resulting in microbial pollution, contamination and serious health risks.

To avoid contaminating our rivers and oceans, it is imperative to implement efficient medical waste management techniques, such as segregation, treatment, and disposal.

Healthcare institutions have the potential to reduce their environmental impact and save aquatic habitats for future generations by following legislation and implementing environmentally sound waste management practices in partnership with our team of experts. 



To achieve environmental sustainability, waste reduction activities like cardboard recycling and secure document shredding are essential. In addition to reducing the amount of waste dumped in landfills, these methods conserve resources and encourage sensible consumption. 


The following are the main categories of recycling related to waste reduction:


  • Secure Document Shredding: In order to guard against identity theft and unauthorised access, securely shredding confidential papers is necessary. Through our document shredding service, businesses can rest assured that our team is safely managing and disposing of critical business documents, financial records, and personal information. In order to complete the circle and lessen the need for raw resources, shredded paper is also recycled to create new paper resources which can be reused. 
  • Cardboard Recycling: This is the process of keeping cardboard packing materials out of landfill and using them in new and innovative ways. Our team can advise on the best strategy for waste cardboard collection, management and recycling of corrugated cardboard, packing materials, and cardboard boxes that is best practice in preparation for recycling. Cardboard is pulped, shredded, and processed to create new cardboard materials such as corrugated sheets, paperboard, and packaging. Our circular economy approach can extend the life of recyclable materials and pave the way for a sustainable future. 


Numerous environmental and financial advantages result from managing your waste effectively and efficiently:

  • Conservation of Resources: Recycling cardboard and paper helps to preserve energy, water, and trees, among other important natural resources. With recycling practices in place, paper manufacturers will cut down fewer trees, protecting forests and biodiversity, due to the recycling of cardboard and paper fibres.
  • Reduced Waste: By minimising the volume of waste and environmental impact, secure document shredding keeps confidential papers out of landfills. Cardboard recycling assists disposal facilities conserve valuable space and resources.
  • Energy Efficient: Compared to creating new materials from raw resources, recycling cardboard and paper uses less energy. Reducing carbon emissions and requiring less resources overall are two benefits of the recycling process. It also produces fewer greenhouse gases which is imperative to a clean, green future.

At Nationwide Waste we believe in partnering for a better future. We are connected to our clients and truly understand their business needs. We address today’s challenges to pave the way for a brighter future which will benefit the environment and generations to come. 



Organic materials that can be processed into mulch, compost, soil conditioners, and wood chip products include organic food and garden waste and timber products. This could include pallets and untreated (clean) wood offcuts, as well as grass clippings, tiny branches, prunings, leaves, and flowers. Organic waste from kitchens and food products is also a great source of organic waste that can be recycled and repurposed. 


With our solutions for managing organic waste, you can lessen your environmental impact, save money on general waste disposal, and preserve valuable resources. Nationwide Waste provides a customised solution that meets your demands for the safe and effective collection, transportation, and recycling of organic waste.


Ideal for our food waste collection service are:

  • Food scraps, including fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, and dairy products, as well as liquid and solid foods
  • Green garbage, like plants and garden waste
  • Sludges and other organic byproducts

You can recycle uncontaminated food organics and keep them out of landfill by using our food waste recycling service. This solution enhances your environmental impact and is more sustainable, making it ideal for businesses of all sizes. 


Timber waste disposal is also an important service for businesses who want to ensure resources are being utilised effectively through best practice recovery methods. The following kinds of timber are suitable for collection, recycling and disposal:

  • Untreated wood
  • Treated wood, such as wood that has been painted, varnished, or chemically treated shredded or chipped wood, like chipboard or particleboard
  • Pallets
  • Broken or unwanted furniture.

At Nationwide Waste Solutions, environmental responsibility and sustainability are our priority. Broken and whole wooden pallets are a major source of wood waste produced by companies across many verticals and industries. With our wood pallet recycling services, we can help you to recycle and recover resources by placing pallets in dedicated bins. For recycling wooden pallets and collecting timber, we offer skip bins in all sizes, with reliable collection times that work best for your location. The wood waste is collected, chopped, and compacted into pallets for use as Processed Engineered Fuel (PEF) or transformed into mulch. Alternatively, treated timber may be sent for further processing and reclamation.



Our solution-focused, clear and transparent approach prioritises environmental integrity over profitability no matter what the requirement at hand. Our clients trust us because of our steadfast dedication to sustainability. We support taking proactive steps now to create a healthy planet in the future. The future of waste management is in our hands and to start the journey to a greener tomorrow, you can contact us for an obligation free quote, assessment, and recommendation. 

Other services Nationwide Waste Solutions provide include:

Waste chemical collection

Grease trap cleaning

Pest control

Liquid waste disposal Brisbane

Waste management Brisbane

Waste company Sydney

Waste compactor rental

Recycling services

Plastic wrap recycling

Sanitary bins