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What Happens to Your Garbage After Rubbish Removal?

Have you ever wondered where all of your garbage goes after a rubbish removal in Sydney thrown it away? What happens after you separate it out into general waste and recycling and it gets picked up by the bin man. Once it’s out of sight it tends to be out of mind, but the truth is it doesn’t just disappear. In fact many household waste items can take decades, or even hundreds of years to decompose. The plastic cup you threw away will outlive you!

Here are a few of the common places your garbage might end up:

 

Incineration

Incineration is method of waste management that basically involves burning garbage to destroy it.  This is a popular method in some countries but it is not used in Australia, although they are considering a new project in NSW that might aim to convert waste to energy. Most energy to waste incinerators use the heat from the fire to create steam energy.

Incineration is useful if space is at a premium as it destroys the large quantities of trash that might otherwise go to landfill or elsewhere. Many sustainability experts however feel that incinerators are not sustainable and are major polluters as the burn-off puts out toxic pollutants and C02 into the air and contributes to climate change. Not a very green rubbish removal method all things considered!

 

Landfill

landfill garbage

If you’ve thrown it out as general waste, it’s probably going to end up in Landfill. Landfills are basically giant burial sites for your garbage. After rubbish removal, the waste that ends up in Landfill tends to fall into three main categories; household and general, commercial and industrial  and construction waste. The majority of what households throw away tends to be organic material like food scraps, in landfill this is the largest contributor to methane gas.

Oddly, in Australia, we don’t actually know how many landfills exist. There are 600 registered sites, but there are many unregulated sites that are managed by local councils. After rubbish removal, most of our household waste goes to the larger landfill sites. Something called the National Resource Recovery targets are in place, this tries to encourage private operators to recycle, reclaim and divert some of the garbage incoming into landfill sites. Well managed sites have better sustainability practice in place and try to reclaim materials where possible.

 

Recycling

reuse

You’re probably familiar with the yellow lid recycling bin. Recycling is the most sustainable waste management practice as it aims to reclaim raw materials after rubbish removal and return them for re-use. Recycling reduces the amount of trash to be incinerated or sent to landfill. It is better for the environment as it reduces the need for new resources and the process of recycling involves less energy use than the creation of new products.

There are a lot of materials that can be recycled such as metal, paper, plastic and glass. Materials like tyres, oil and batteries can also be recycled. After rubbish is removed from your home, your mixed recyclable will be sent to a recycling facility which will sort through the materials and separate them. Materials are then sent on to manufacturers.

If you don’t already recycle, you should start, it’s the most planet-friendly method of rubbish removal. Even if you don’t have a recycling program in your town or city, you can find opportunities to reclaim and recycle your old junk as much as possible. After all one person’s trash might be another person’s treasure!

If you’re looking for the most stress free and simple way to remove your rubbish and have items recycled then a local rubbish removal company might be a good choice.