Green Waste Removal: Food Waste To Create Electricity Throughout Australia?
Green waste removal – if you have been playing attention to the press recently in Australia -you will know that there is an ongoing crisis in the recycling and waste management industries. Due to China clamping down on importation of low quality recycling commodities – many Australian councils and commercial recyclers are feeling the pinch.
Ipswich council has recently announced that they are putting an end to commingled / mixed recycling bin services for residents. In today’s blog – we will cover a welcome bit of good recycling news. Canberra City Council is intending to introduce a green waste removal service for food and organic waste for residents.
We will cover the detail below: How Waster can help you with recycling! If you operate a small business in Australia in 2020 – keeping costs down is more important than ever – and recycling is one of the best ways to do this. Waster helps small and medium businesses boost their recycling and keep waste management costs low. You can arrange all your required services from general waste to green waste removal online today.
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How green waste removal could be the fuel of the future!
The major problem with recycling in Australia – is our lack of domestic manufacturing industry means any items recycled would need to be sent abroad to be actually used. That is not the case with food waste and organic waste – as organic waste can be used to generate clean electricity! The ABC reports that:
“Canberrans could have kerbside food waste collection in five years’ time, with the ACT Government looking to expand its green bin program.”
“The extra service is one of the recommendations of the Government’s long-awaited Waste Feasibility Study that also recommends the development of a waste-to-fuel policy.” The plan would take 5 years to build the facilities needed – but that it could divert 40,000 tonnes per annum from landfill – as foodwaste is estimated to be 37% of the average household garbage bin.
This green waste removal service could see the waste being used for compost or for biogas generation – from the decomposition. This gas can then be used to create electricity. Whilst many people are against incineration of waste (as practiced by Sweden) – the creation of biogas is generally seen as being much more beneficial for the environment.
See our blog on waste minimization and tea bags.
Conclusion: It is good to hear a good news story from the Australian waste and recycling sector in 2018. Keeping food and organic waste out of landfill is an excellent endeavour – and will help reduce our dependence on coal and fossil fuels. To see how accessible and easy to use biogas can be – see a device developed for use at your own house or garden.
Green waste removal Melbourne: Waster is committed to the joint goals of helping small and medium businesses in Australia reduce their waste management costs and also to boost recycling performance.
With utilisation of a smart approach to waste management this can be achieved by most businesses.
With ever increasing levies on dumping waste at landfill – this makes recycling more important than ever. This is particularly true in metro Melbourne – where the levy on dumping a tonne of waste at landfill has increased year on year.
According to the Municipal Association Of Victoria: “The Victorian Government charges a landfill levy on solid waste. Councils pay the levy on municipal waste, with the cost passed through to ratepayers in garbage charges for kerbside collections, gate fees at landfills/transfer stations or rates.” “A sharp increase in state landfill levies was introduced in 2010 to reduce waste going to landfills and councils have been reporting increased illegal dumping as a result. The cost per tonne in 2009-10 was $7 in rural areas and $9 in metropolitan areas, however this has risen progressively to $29.30 in rural areas and $58.50 in metropolitan areas in 2014-15 and continues to rise each year.”
Food waste tend to make heavy bins
If you run a cafe, restaurant or other business producing or serving food, you may be aware that food waste is extremely heavy. A feature of the Australian waste collection Melbourne industry is that bins are collected by volume (i.e. the size of the bin such as 240 litre up to 4.5 cubic metres – offered through our online waste shop) but they are disposed of at landfill by weight.
Thus the weight of your bins is a major determinant of your costs. For this reason – organic waste tends to be heavier and hence more expensive than what we call dry general waste – i.e. waste from offices, retail businesses etc.
Cheap green waste removal Melbourne is harder and harder to find. Waster is an innovative waste management business offering low cost and high quality waste and recycling services in all major Australian metro regions including Melbourne, Geelong, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Darwin.
In our online waste shop – businesses that produce food and organic waste are priced more expensively that offices and warehouses – where the waste bins are generally lighter. We covered methods for businesses to reduce food and organic waste entering your bins by exploring opportunities for charity donations etc in our blog on organic waste solutions.
Introduction of an organic waste collection can be the best solution to numerous issues.
Cheap Green waste removal Melbourne – services available through Waster
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Benefits of implementing a green waste removal Melbourne service include:
A. Increase in diversion / recycling: you can significantly boost your recycling / diversion from landfill by sending food and organic waste to processing such as composting or energy generation plants. Across Australia, there are a growing number of facilities built to process organic waste such as SITA Organics and Earthpower.
One of the biggest changes to the future of green waste rubbish removal Melbourne – will be the increasing trend to create sustainable biogas from the decaying (rotting) organic waste.
The very reason that the organic waste smells (and it can smell terrible) is what could make it a valuable resource in the future. We have even suggested that the value of the organic waste (and the potential to create biogas and hence electricity from it) – could even lead to free green waste removal Melbourne in future years.
We even suggested that you may be able to sell your organic waste! Obviously this is still a long way of in 2020. Check out a video as below:
B. Reduction in cost: By removing food waste from your general waste bins, you can significantly reduce the weight of your bins and hence the cost per collection. Contact us to receive a calculation as to how much your costs would reduce on implementation of an organic waste service. Bins can also be picked up less frequently when they do not contain organic waste (i.e. due to greatly reduced small, hygiene issues etc). C. Improves safety: Lighter bins due to removal of food waste are lighter and easier to move around. This can significantly reduce accidents and injuries such as push / pull injuries from moving bins. Check out our recent blog on protecting your business with sensible document disposal practices. Also see blog on food waste Australia.
At Waster – we are always trying to boost recycling for our customers and have green waste disposal – or at least waste disposal as kind for the environment as possible. In recent years – landfills have got a very bad press. They are seen as the worst possible outcome for waste disposal – of course not counting illegal dumping.
With the current crisis in the Australian (and international) recycling markets caused by the increased Chinese regulations – we are looking at new and old options for green waste disposal. In recent blogs we have covered using plastic waste to build roads – and also the option of waste incineration to produce electricity.
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Green Waste Disposal – how did we cope without modern landfills?
The history of waste management can sometimes me more interesting than you expect – as we saw with early wheelie bins in the Roman era. I was surprised to discover that landfills are a pretty modern idea – and were originally thought to be the height of clean technology.
At the beginning – in Victorian Britain – landfills were seen as a great way to fill disused quarries or unsightly holes in the ground. Mike Webster of the environmental charity, Wastewatch says: “Historically, municipal landfills were seen as a step forward; a form of landscape remediation whereby you have a hole in the ground created by from open cast mining or quarrying, you fill it up and you can build on it. Besides, before that people had been dumping their waste outside their houses, in streams, in rivers.”
At this time – resources were very scarce and hence valuable – and people made the most of what they had. Dr Timothy Cooper from Exeter University writes that: “For the first three-quarters of the 19th century, the recycling of waste products had been a fairly common activity. In many urban areas this discarded domestic refuse was collected by scavengers and dustmen and taken to dust-yards of the kind that inspired Dickens’s novel Our Mutual Friend.
There staff, usually women, were paid to rummage through the filth in search of reusable items such as brass, rags and waste paper.” “And the bulk of everyday household waste not hurled into the nearest river or alleyway for scavenger recycling, was burnt in domestic grates – the vast quantities of ashes from which were also valuable to the appropriately named dustmen and women, as a core ingredient of bricks and as fertiliser – meaning that this, too, could be sold on.”
It was only towards the end of the 19th century – when people began to understand germs – but also started to fear unfounded concepts such as miasma from burning decaying matter – that landfills and council waste collection really took off.
Britain pioneered the development of landfills – and they were seen as great additions – to enable holes in the ground to be filled and reused for parkland or similar. The word “landfill” however was not used until after the second world war. The post war period also saw a move to landfills as people became aware of the dangers of burning large amounts of waste near urban areas – for respiratory illnesses and others.
As the throw away and consumer cultures grew – landfills became completely accepted by the mid 1970s
Conclusion: As like many things we once thought were great – the side effects of landfills and the throw-away culture means that landfills can not be seen now as green waste disposal. They will always have a place in a green waste disposal strategy alongside recycling, incineration etc. The ability to create electricity at modern landfills from the greenhouse gases emitted is also a positive.
See a video below from an early rubbish tip in the UK that is c.100 years old.