Reduce your waste with tips from the Environment Club
What many people fail to realise is that the worldwide wastage issue stretches much further than simply litter. Below are just a few of the monumental waste issues that Australia is facing with some tips on what you can do to help fix the problem:
Australia uses 1 billion cups per year that are not recycled. That’s 50,000 cups being used every half hour.
85% of soft plastics from bags and packaging end up in landfill.
Plastic is designed to last forever – however single-use plastic items are used for only a few minutes at a time before being thrown away.
The very first plastic straw you ever used is still somewhere on Earth. An estimated 3.5 billion straws are thrown out per year in Australia alone.
11000 tonnes of un-reusable items like batteries end up in landfill per year.
The average Australian creates just over 2,000kgs of waste each year. According to The Australian Bureau of Statistics, the waste generated in Australia is growing at twice the rate of our population.
Only 1% of all items purchased are still in use six months later
Statistics from ABC’s ‘War on Waste’ TV show, published in 2017 https://www.samedayrubbishremoval.com.au/War-On-Waste-Statistics.php
Environmental Action Group
Year 11 Schneider House