Rubbish removal in Sydney has changed significantly in the past few years.
Mainly because the laws around rubbish have also changed. We are in a more environmentally conscious world.
Australia as a country is one of the leaders in working towards reducing carbon footprints and being environmentally respectful.
And NSW and Sydney specifically are in alignment with that.
I have been an independent Rubbish Removal contractor for over 20 years. So I have seen a lot of change over that time.
What I want to share with you in this article, are some key elements about ‘the back end’ – where your rubbish goes, how it is being treated. All in Rubbish Removal keeping with both removing waste and also disposing of it responsibly.
Waste facilities Sydney
There are over 12 waste recycling, processing and disposing facilities serving Sydney and beyond.
Each site has specific types of waste they will and will not receive.
There is also a Native seedling nursery at Lucas Heights where they grow native plants to rehabilitate closed landfills.
There are four landfill sites across Sydney currently open that are designed in such a way as too minimize the amount of space used, yet maximize the amount of time the landfill will remain open for operation.
There are waste receivals areas at the sites that are designed to reduce the amount of vehicle movement and providing waste streaming services.
WSN pioneered the Green Energy generation from waste in NSW in 1994, this process is spread across the sites, and generates energy to power up to 30,000 homes!
How Good Are Australians At Recycling?
In NSW, households are recycling up to 46% of their waste. Australians are the best newspaper recyclists in the world – recycling 74% of their newspapers in 2005.
In 2005 Australians also recycled 2.3 billion aluminum cans, which is 600 million more than 10 years ago!
Australians are the highest producers of waste, per person, in the world.
Unfortunately it is estimated that over 7 billion cigarette butts end up in Australian waterways, streets and park lands each year. 80 Million plastic bags also end up as litter – which threatens marine life.
Recycling one tonne of plastic will save enough energy to run a refrigerator for a month! Recyclable material makes up almost 80% of total household waste.