Waste disposal service: how to help the environment and our pocket!
Waste disposal service: I think we all want to help the environment if it is not too difficult for us and also if it can help us save money at the same time. Sounds too good to be true? It does not have to be. I think we have all read scary stories about how the Great Barrier Reef is being impacted by climate change and pollution and it can be a bit depressing. However, there are easy things we can do to help such as organising a flexible and reliable waste disposal service for our business. Check out our online store below for all your required waste disposal services and recycling needs:
Waste disposal service – importance in light of damage to the environment
You realise the importance of a reliable waste disposal service when you read about the damage being done to the natural environment and our seas. The Queensland Government has provided the following figures which hammer home the damage incorrect waste disposal service can cause.
We quote below:
“Australia’s beautiful beaches are being marred by more and more rubbish.”
“It’s not only heavily-used beaches which are affected. A 1991 survey of 26 remote Great Barrier Reef islands found 5656 items of rubbish. Among the plastic, glass and metal debris were 725 glass bottles, 1066 plastic fragments, 247 aluminium cans and plastic cups, 919 thongs and one bar fridge.”
“There is a lot of junk floating around out there! Not only is garbage unsightly in otherwise unspoilt environments and a hazard to ships and to divers, it also poses a real threat to wildlife.”
“Plastics which generally make up about 60 percent of rubbish are the worst offenders. An estimated 100 000 marine mammals and turtles are killed by plastic litter every year around the world.”
“Fishing line, netting, rope, bait box packaging bands and so on trap and strangle animals. Large marine animals such as seals and dolphins can starve to death when muzzled by plastic litter.” See out blog on plastic recycling.
“Plastic is also eaten. A dead pygmy sperm whale found on a New South Wales beach had a plug of plastic bags in its gut. Presumably these items were mistaken for squid, the sperm whale’s main food. A sperm whale found dead on a North American beach was discovered to have starved to death because a plastic gallon bottle which it had swallowed had plugged its small intestine. The animal was full of plastic material ranging from other plastic bottles to 12m of nylon rope.”
“Plastic bags on the ocean floor take 10-20 years to decompose. Plastic bottles take much longer. Because of this, one piece can kill more than one animal. An animal killed by swallowing plastic will decompose long before the plastic does, leaving the plastic free to kill again.”
“The disposal of plastics into the sea is prohibited under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (known as MARPOL). The disposal of all other types of garbage (including metals, glass and food) is prohibited within 12 nautical miles of nearest land including most of the Great Barrier Reef. The law provides for fines of up to $1 million for companies and $200,000 for individuals illegally discharging garbage at sea.”