Rubbish Removal Rosebery – A Short History of Australian Recycling

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Recycling is in integral aspect of rubbish removal from Rosebery to Randwick and all over the Sydney basin and beyond. We tend to think of recycling as something modern and innovative – and it is. But it has, in one form or another, been around in Australia for a very long time.

  • Two centuries ago, in 1815, the first Australian paper mill to use recycled material was built. Recycled rags were cleverly used to create paper.
  • Household goods and clothing have been recycled by various charities since the early 1900s.
  • The BHP Steel Corporation began recycling steel scrap from industrial use in 1915.
  • Car manufacturer Henry Ford was committed to recycling almost a century ago, recycling his Model T Fords by recovering valuable materials to save on costs as well as resources.
  • In the 1920s, Melbourne was the first Australian city to commence collecting waste paper from factories and households for recycling purposes.
  • Horse and cart newspaper collections began in the 1940s throughout Australia. These collected papers were reused or were recycled to make packaging materials.
  • Boy Scouts and other community groups have long collected aluminium cans and glass bottles for reuse and recycling.
  • Kids and community organisations were targeted by the Cash-for-Cans program by Comalco in the 1980s, with an aluminium can buy-back scheme.
  • In early 1975, Canterbury Council was the first municipality in Australia to recover steel waste via magnetic separation technology.
  • South Australia introduced legislation for beverage container deposit in 1977.
  • Kerbside recycling bins in Australia were first introduced in Sydney in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This allowed households to easily separate steel cans, paper, aluminium, glass, milk containers, and cartons from other rubbish for recycling at home.
  • Australia was amongst the first countries worldwide to have a national voluntary recycling program.
  • Between 1990 and 1993, the rate of household recycling doubled.

With growing environmental awareness and concern, recycling is going to become ever more important a part of rubbish removal in Rosebery and elsewhere in Sydney and Australia at large. For effective and affordable rubbish removal near you, call AA Adonis Rubbish Removals to come to your door and load and dispose of your unwanted stuff in an environmentally sustainable way.

(Source: Planet Ark)

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