When you put out your kerbside bins for your weekly council rubbish removal in Chullora, do you ever wonder what happens to your general waste?
It’s so easy to adopt an “out of sight, out of mind” philosophy when it comes to rubbish disposal and removal, and the vast majority of us throw our trash away and then completely forget about it.
We as a population are generating more waste than ever before, and in spite of the many ways we can reuse or recycle, or the fact that so many more of us are now dedicated to recycling, we still throw a tremendous amount of rubbish away into landfill. Australia actually ranks fifth in the industrialised world for the vast amount of waste we generate – and considering our small population compared with other nations, this is a sobering statistic.
Every year in Australia, we as a people send millions of tonnes of rubbish to landfill, and us Sydneysiders are amongst the highest waste generators in the country.
All rubbish that is disposed of but not sent to recycling facilities is taken to landfill. With close to sixty percent of total rubbish in this country not being recycled, this translates to an inordinate amount of dumping.
Rubbish disposed of in general waste bins or kerbside council cleanups is dumped at landfill. This is an open hole in the ground (or rubbish dump) where rodents swarm and potentially spread disease. Another type of landfill used in Australia includes an isolated dumping structure. This structure allows for rubbish to be isolated to a certain extent from the surrounding natural environment. While it offers some environmental protection, rubbish dumped in this way will take much longer to decompose.
Rubbish that is disposed of in a dump or landfill takes, at minimum, decades to decompose. Some items take much longer – even thousands of years for certain items.
A lot of the waste that goes into landfill is toxic to the environment; harmful to plant, bird, animal and human life. Toxic items in landfill can contaminate the soil, air and water, and also leech harmful chemicals into the surrounding environment. One of the most harmful yet common items in a landfill is the humble household battery.
What can you do? Reuse and recycle wherever possible, and work to reduce the overall waste you dispose of. Also, call AA Adonis Rubbish Removals to come to your location and remove your rubbish; with our service for rubbish removal in Chullora, you know that we are dedicated to maximise environmentally responsible rubbish disposal, recycling as much as we can. Call us today for a quote or to arrange a pickup.