3 ways to reduce Waste

 The disposal of waste continues to dominate the recycling conversations across the country.

The waste management processes across our cities of which state and territory governments are primarily responsible have been managed via the traditional method of adding to landfill or sent to a recycling facility. 

All of our state and territory governments have waste avoidance and resource recovery policies in place with a range of strategies addressing the three R’s-Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Reducing use of plastics, Reuse of waste materials, Recycling of wastes, Restoring soil fertility and Replenish soil health’.

However, with China’s recent announcement of new restrictions on a further 24 types of imported recyclable materials by the end of 2019 this is undoubtedly putting additional pressure on governments to implement alternative solutions to managing our waste and resource recovery.

We asked the SESL team for some suggestions on how to divert materials from landfill.

  • Start a community composting system.

Composting is the hero of reducing biodegradable waste not only is it one of the best things you can do for your garden it could also help to reduce nearly half of the waste currently sent to local landfills.  

  • Container Deposit Scheme

The container deposit scheme (CDS) is one of the first pieces of environmental legislation to focus on the ‘polluter pays’ principle and has been approved by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). Except for Victoria and Tasmania, residents in the other states will all soon be able to return suitable containers at registered collection points across the country and receive a refund.

  • Australian Recycling Label (ARL)

The label backed by retailers and manufacturers takes the guesswork out of how to dispose of product packaging. The label is a simple standardised graphic outlining the recyclability of each component of the pack. A chocolate box, for example, is made up of the cardboard box, plastic tray and plastic wrap. If this voluntary labelling system increases in popularity, it can reduce the amount of contamination to be dealt with by recycling facilities.

  • Beneficial reuse of soil

With the construction industry being the most significant single source of waste in landfills. With soil being a finite resource the EPA encourages effective waste management by promoting when appropriate the beneficial reuse of soil, as the preferred option for dealing with contaminated soil. SESL has been leading the way on this approach and for many years has been innovating to recognised national standards with the reuse of soil. While offering considerable cost savings through reduced transport and disposal fees. Equally, remediated or partially remediated soils that would have otherwise be destined for landfill are now used within the project through beneficial reuse applications.

Thankfully progress is happening, and we are moving towards a more resource-efficient society that places more value on reusing resources that might otherwise have been discarded or rejected.