In many recent blogs we have concentrated on a couple of issues in the Australian waste management industry – how to reduce garbage production, how to cut out plastics – and also the crisis in global recycling.

 

Sometimes small things such as single use plastics (think plastic drinking straws, single use plastic bags) can have very negative impacts on the environment.

 

I am a big believer that we use far too much plastic and other commodities – because we do not realised (or has to face) the real environmental costs of these products. When any plastic item is designed for single use – you really have to ask yourself do you really need it?

 

Who is Waster?

 

Waster is a company that helps small and medium Aussie businesses reduce garbage, boost recycling and keep costs under control.

 

In 2018 – it is vital to keep your waste costs as low as possible and recycling is the best way to do this.

 

You can arrange all your waste and recycling services with our flexible 30 day agreements easily online today:

 

In today’s blog – we will cover one such item. In fact – it is almost the definition of a use once and then throw away item. The humble wet wipe.

 

How we can reduce garbage by saying no to single use wet wipes!

 

Once upon a time – people carried handkerchiefs around -which could last a lifetime. People also used rags and similar items to clean the house.

 

Like many things – the ease and convenience of wet wipes replaced these items.

 

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They are now everywhere and can be used for everything from runny noses, sticky fingers and removing eye makeup.

 

However – they come with some serious issues for the environment.

 

What are the real issues?

 

The first issue – is that wet wipes contain non biodegradable plastic and so are extremely tricky to recycle. They will be facing a ban under and government plan to reduce single use plastics – such as in the UK.

 

The second issue is the way they are disposed of now. Many people simply throw them down the toilet where they cause major blockage issues.

 

According to the BBC:

 

“Wet wipes are behind 93% of blockages in UK sewers, a key element of the infamous giant obstacles known as fatbergs, according to Water UK, the trade body representing all of the main water and sewerage companies in the country.”

 

We have covered fatbergs in previous blogs about grease trap cleaning.

 

They are basically huge concentrations of grease, fat, oil etc – that block sewers and water pipes.

 

A wet wipe is perfect building block as they hold together and do not break down easily like paper would.

 

Conclusion on reduce garbage

 

We have covered many negative issues with single use plastics. Wet wipes are certainly a classic case.

 

By using something once – and then disposing of it in a poor manner- we can magnify the environmental impacts.

 

Reduce garbage by using smarter alternatives like a true paper towel is a much better option.

 

Check out the video below on the damage caused by flushing wet wipes down the toilet