According to my research on post C, Poor organic waste management is damaging our environment. For instance, landfill waste treatment releases greenhouse gas into earth’s atmosphere. However, Organic waste management has a lot of potential. Not only in the field of environment, but also financially for business.
Better policies for business
A better policy for business is needed to manage organic waste as a resource, but not only rubbish. Sadly, the fact is 47 percent of the organic waste was disposed of to landfill (Australian Government Department of the Environment, 2013). The reason that the use landfill has a higher percentage is because it is the fastest way to dispose waste. And for large country like Australia, we have enough land to do so. Although country like Australia have large open spaces. Landfill is not the ultimate solution for a smart waste management. However, for the organic waste it is not beneficial. It wasted the potential of the organic waste.
Government needs to support the businesses and organisations that use better waste management, such as composting and recycling. Businesses care about their profits. What government can do is to increase the tax to do landfill and to reduce the tax on smarter waste management like composting and recycling. Making landfill even more expensive can make business think twice before they plan their waste management. And support the businesses that use smarter waste management to make those companies look positive to the society. Or even give bonus to them.
I believe education is important in any field. Not only educating the next generation to be environment friendly. I think it is also necessary to educate the whole waste management industry. Better moral understanding in waste management is going to benefit this country.
According to national waste policy (2016). Government sets six key areas that would benefit the waste management of this country.
- Taking responsibility
Share responsibility for reducing the harm to this country. The best way to do it is use smarter waste management like composting and recycling. The process maybe longer, but manage organic waste as a resource is beneficial.
- Improving the market
Australian market should be welcome recovered resources in the market. Encourage more business to do so. Make the waste management market efficient and effective.
- Pursuing sustainability
Decrease the number of waste and increase the number of recovered resources. Encourage the use of composting and recycling.
- Reducing hazard and risk
Environment harming waste management like landfill should be less used. Reduce the contamination of soil.
- Tailoring solutions
Less unnecessary waste from the communities and more recover and reuse.
- Providing the evidence
Decision makers should learn from country’s need. Inform and educate the behaviour and the choices of the community.
Overall, government should support the smarter waste management by making better policies for them. And I think education is important for everyone to avoid more waste and pollution.
Australian Government Department of the Environment. 2013. National Waste Reporting 2013. Canberra: Australian Government.
Australian Government Department of the Environment. 2016. National Waste Policy. Australian Government