Recycling is such an important part of responsible rubbish removal in Melrose Park and elsewhere in the Inner West. While it’s becoming more and more common and our collective awareness of it is growing, recycling has actually been happening in Australia for a very long time, even if not necessarily in its current form…
- Two hundred years ago, in 1815, the first Australian paper mill was built to use recycled fabric. Rags were recycled in this mill to create paper products.
- Donation of clothing and other household goods to charitable organisations has been common in Australia since the turn of the last century.
- Henry Ford, the famous manufacturer of automobiles, was committed to recycling as long as almost a century ago. He recycled his Model T Fords to save on costs and other resources.
- Steel scrap metal was recycled from industrial use for the first time in 1915 by the BHP Steel Corporation.
- Melbourne was the first Australian city to begin collecting waste paper from homeowners and factories for recycling in the 1920s.
- Newspaper collections for recycling began in the 1940s throughout Australia. The papers collected were reused or recycled to make packaging materials and prevent unnecessary waste.
- Aluminium cans and glass bottles have been collected for decades for reuse and recycling by individuals as well as community groups like the Boy Scouts.
- In the 1980s, kids and community organisations were targeted by the Cash-for-Cans program by Comalco. Advertising on television and in print promoted an aluminium can buy-back scheme.
- Canterbury Council was the first Australian municipality to recover steel waste using magnetic separation technology, making collection, sorting, and recycling much easier.
- In 1977, South Australia’s state government introduced legislation for drink container deposit.
- Kerbside recycling bins were first introduced in Sydney in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with other cities following thereafter. This encouraged and enabled both residential and commercial citizens to easily separate paper, aluminium, glass, milk containers, cartons and steel cans from other rubbish for recycling at home, thus reducing landfill waste. Residents were also encouraged to invest in backyard compost bins for organic food waste.
Between 1990 and 1993, the rate of household recycling doubled – and it has been growing ever since, thanks to better environmental awareness and commitment.
For convenient and affordable rubbish removal in Melrose Park or near you, call AA Adonis Rubbish Removals to come to your location and dispose of your unwanted goods in an environmentally sustainable way – recycling as much as possible.
(Source: Planet Ark)