Recycling facts Australia: we all know (or at least the vast majority of us do) that recycling is a good thing for the environment. Many people do not know however, that recycling can also save your business money.


Waster is an Australian waste and recycling business for small and medium businesses that puts a real focus on educating and providing info on how you can cut your waste management costs and help the environment at the same time.


Waste services that can help your business!


For example, we have partnered with TerraCycle to offer recycling boxes for many items such as rubber gloves and coffee pods. Also, check out our blog on resources for students (waste and recycling).


Waster is different to other waste collection companies – as we make as much money on recycling as general waste.


This is because we do not operate a landfill and hence to not financially benefit from not recycling!


We provide all waste and recycling services from bin collection, grease trap services and sanitary bins on flexible 30 day agreements.


You can easily recycle paper and cardboard, glass bottles, plastic bottles, bottles and jars etc with commingled recycling bins. Plastic bags can be recycled on small level by utilising the RedCycle service in participating supermarkets. Redcycle makes items such as furniture from recycled plastic.


You can also see our services and costs in our online waste shop for all your bin requirements such as general waste:


Recycling facts Australia – how many did you know?


Mr Waster loves lists and he loves recycling – so of course he would like a list of interesting recycling facts Australia. We took these facts from the US website – you can browse loads of varying lists there (if you so like!) – and we quote below:


“In the U.S. alone, over 20 billion diapers are thrown out a year, accounting for over 3.5 million tons of waste.”


“Only about 5% of all plastics in the U.S. are actually recycled.”


It takes 70% less energy to recycle paper than to make it from raw material.


“In the late 1800s, peddlers acted as early recyclers. They would carry sacks of reusable items in their wagons to sell to general stores.”


“A plastic bag from the grocery store takes between 500 years and 1,000 years to degrade. (See Redcycle for a great solution to this).”


“There are about 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of our oceans.”


“Over 1 million seabirds die each year from ocean pollution.”


“In the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” located in the Pacific Ocean, for every 2.2 pounds of plankton, there is 13.2 pounds of garbage, including cigarette buts, cans, plastic bags, bottles, Styrofoam, toothbrush, balloons, and more.”


“Every year, over 50 million tons of e-waste (electronic waste, such as computers and cell phone) is created. This is akin to filling a line of garbage trucks halfway across the Earth.”


“Laid end to end, all the aluminum cans recycled world wide in 2010 would circle the Earth 169 times.”


“After getting liposuction, a New Zealand skipper recycled his fat into biofuel to power his eco-boat.”


“In the Pacific Ocean, there is a “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” which is about the size of Texas. The garbage extends 20 feet (6 meters) down into the water and contains over 3.5 million tons of garbage. It is estimated to double in size in the next 5 years.”

Recycling facts Australia garbage


Mr Waster is intrigued by the Great Pacific Garbage patch and will expand on it in future blogs.


See a very interesting TedX presentation below – where it is argued that recycling is not the recycling of plastic but a move to re-use and also reduction of use in the first place.


Conclusion on recycling facts Australia:

What amazes me sometimes is the fact that we throw away valuable materials like plastic, cardboard and metal.


These items cause incredible damage to the environment such as sealife.


The economic value of a tonne of recycled material is manifold – as it reduced the need for new materials, tree cutting etc,  reduces air pollution and removes many million tonnes of waste from landfill.


Many materials can be used to fuel power-stations also if they can not be directly recycled. Alternative fuels of this type are used on a large scale in Sweden and save enough energy for the national grid that new oil imports are reduced.


The average person can make many small changes when armed with recycling facts Australia knowledge. These changes can make a huge difference to our environment.


On this same topic – see our blog on waste reduction.


For more innovation – see our blog on how landfills can produce electricity.