Post C: Waste Management

Australians are among the world’s largest producers of waste. With the exception of the USA, Australia produces more waste per individual each year than any other country. The millions of tonnes of waste disposed of into our environment every year are symbolic of our presently unsustainable patterns of production and consumption. Sydney is running out of places to put its waste.

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(EPA 2015)

A large number of Australia’s major urban focuses appear to be in a persistent condition of development, extending to suit their inhabitants and the high standard of living they appreciate. Advanced waste transfer frameworks are accordingly required to manage the huge amounts of resulting trash and contamination.

Disposing of solid waste, for example household garbage and commercial and industrial, has traditionally involved dumping it in a landfill. The use of landfills as a waste disposal method does, however, present a number of environmental management problems. Finding new and proper landfill destinations is turning out to be considerably more difficult and the idea of a landfill itself is not sustainable, as it won’t keep going forever.

In Sydney, for instance, the issue of discovering new landfill destinations has led to recommendations that the city’s waste could be dumped in different zones of the State, for example, at a abandoned mine close to the local town of Goulburn. Roughly 250 kms south-west of the city, using this landfill as a technique for waste management would basically build Sydney’s as of now huge ‘ecological footprint’. This is the aggregate sum of area required by a city to oblige for the necessities of its inhabitants

In addition, numerous household products are potentially harmful, including cleaning items, paints, pool chemicals, garden products and distraction chemicals. Leftover or unwanted materials like these, referred to as ‘household problem wastes’, require special treatment and processing and cannot be placed in your bins.

On the other hand, Commercial and industrial wastes arise from business, industrial or trade activities and include construction and demolition wastes. Wastes generated from commercial or industrial sources that are potentially hazardous to people or the environment require a higher level of control and are called prescribed industrial wastes (PIW). The huge quantity of waste production and disgraceful techniques of waste disposal were found to be causing environmental pollution in the campus. This has direct and indirect effects on people, animal and plant life alike. The study uncovered that around three-fourth of respondents considered gagging of seepage framework with trash as a major problem faced outside the house.

References

ABS 2006, ‘Solid Waste In Australia’, Australian Bureau Of Statistics, viewed 10 June 2016 <http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/featurearticlesbytitle/3B0DD93AB123A68BCA257234007B6A2F?OpenDocument&gt;

EPA Victoria 2015, ‘Waste’, Environment Protection Authority Victoria, EPA, viewed 10 June 2016, <http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/waste&gt;

Environmental Defenders Office 2007, ‘Waste management in Western Australia: current law and practice and recommendations for reform’, viewed 10 June 2016, <http://www.edowa.org.au/files/submissions/EDOwastemanagementreport.pdf&gt;

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