Skip bin hire companies are in front in the war on waste and have many processes in place that ensure as much of the collected products is kept out of landfill as possible. Their policy of recycling and reusing the materials they remove keeps prices down. Cheap skip bin hire is definitely one consideration that customers take into account when creating waste by renovating, landscaping or building.
However, as China imposes a ban on imported recycling from other countries in their efforts to reduce pollution, it’s time to take a look at how simply having our waste removed is impacting the planet. Australia’s recycling industry is in crisis, but industry leaders believe it can be fixed with reduced prices for recyclable goods. Price is always a consideration and companies like National Skip bins provide their customers with cheap skip bins by finding ways to extract value from all the waste they collect. For manufacturing companies, however, recycled materials are often more expensive than virgin materials. Unfortunately these companies don’t count the long-term cost to the environment in their budgeting.
A scary prediction is that new plastic will account for 20 per cent of global oil consumption and 15 per cent of global greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050 unless changes are made by manufacturers. Garth Lamb from the Waste Management Association of Australia considers that guidelines for councils and businesses to prioritise recycled goods would be a start. As councils are responsible for recycling and waste removal it makes sense for them to use their own products.
The China ban has certainly put the issue of recycling and how to deal with accumulated waste, particularly plastic, into focus. Australia, the US, Europe, the UK, and others have been dependent on China for a long time to take the poor quality materials that they collect and have found themselves without the infrastructure or capacity to deal with recyclable materials themselves. This, combined with recent images of vast amounts of plastic circulating the oceans and killing marine life that was highlighted by the BBC’s Blue Planet II documentary, has led to many governments enforcing a ban on single use plastic bags and many businesses replacing plastic straws with reusable alternatives.
Reusing products such as bottles is also being mooted as far more efficient than remaking, while also eliminating the chance the product will end up in the landfill. Producer responsibility is also a key element in the war against waste and producers can be encouraged to simply stop making single use, non-biodegradable products by taxes or regulations.
The problem is now being addressed, at least, and in the meantime, skip bin hire in Perth allows cheap disposal of waste for customers, who can be sure that large amounts of items such as wood, paper and metal are already re-used and other items are treated for recycling.