Australians are among the highest producers of waste, per person, in the world.
Cigarette butts, plastic bags, drink bottles, plastic chip bags, bottle caps and alcoholic beverage bottles are some of the most common waste items to end up polluting our environment and waterways.
A single plastic bag can last for up to 450 years in salt water, and cause many marine fatalities before it is eventually broken up.
What simple things can every Australian do to make Australia clean, green and wildlife friendly?
Reduce, re-use, recycle
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, every Australian contributes around two tonnes of waste each year – a mixture of household garbage and industrial waste created by things we buy or use. It’s becoming more difficult and expensive to find new refuse tips for waste.
Waste disposal is a major issue for the government and the community. By minimising waste by avoiding and reducing waste, and re-using and recycling, we can cut waste by up to 50 percent-and even more if we compost.
Reducing waste also reduces litter. Remember, everything dropped can find its way to beaches, roads, waterways, bush land and parks through the storm water system.
If each person changes the way they think and act, the production of waste can be reduced.
With only 77% of newspapers and 18% of plastic packaging recycled in Queensland, there is room for improvement in our recycling.
Reduce—Avoid waste-look for ways to produce and use goods that stop waste being generated.
Reduce waste-choose products that can be used productively, recycled locally, and have minimal packaging.