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Perth Still Has A Long Way To Go With Recycling

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Australia values recycling and waste removal services, which is why a business handling skip hire in Northern Beaches or anywhere in the country can do well with some work.

According to the annual report released by the Waste Authority, Perth household recycling rates have barely gone up from the levels set in 2010-11.

Household waste accounts for approximately a quarter of all the waste generated in WA, but only 34% of it was recycled in 2015-16, according to the latest waste census results available. This is barely an increase from the 31% recorded in 2010-11.

Current hopes are that further improvements can be seen when the next census results are released before 2018 ends, but it would seem unlikely that the numbers will be closer to the 65% target that the government set for 2020.

The report states that the low rates aren’t about the lack of recycling bins, not about people neglecting to put enough waste in the yellow-lidded bins, and more about people putting the wrong stuff in bins, neglecting to segregate between dirty items and non-recyclables, that any company handling skip hire in Northern Beaches would notice.

The report added that this was a growing concern, and was holding back improvements to the city’s recycling rates. The report’s message on the importance of properly separating waste at home, into the right bins, has not connected with the community as much as the report would like.

Two-thirds of the average household rubbish bin contains food and organic waste, which, when not segregated for composting, generates harmful methane gases in landfills.

The best performing councils, the report says, are the ones that have implemented the use of a third, lime green-topped bin, which is designed for collecting food organics and garden organics, colloquially referred to as FOGO, while the remaining was that’ll go to the landfills is to be put into red-topped bins.

Recently, the WA Greens group urged state government to allocate all of the revenue raised from levy councils pay, usually used to deliver waste to landfills, to be diverted to recycling initiatives.

Currently, only about a quarter of the landfill levy goes to recycling initiatives, with the rest diverted to consolidated revenue.

The WA Greens state that, for years, the major parties in the country have either ignored the waste problem or diverted it to poorer countries, and now, Australia is at a crisis point.

Fast Fashion As Large Contributor To Environmental Problem

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The holiday season is a time for many to don their favorite sweaters and get cozy. But experts say that the rising popularity of these holiday-themed sweaters is causing us some serious environmental impacts.

Fast Fashion

It seems that every year, ugly xmas sweater competitions and parties are starting to become more and more popular. It is a festive occasion for many to unwind and have fun, but research has shown that most people only wear their xmas sweater once, only to be disposed or stashed away afterwards.

In a survey in the UK, 24% out of more than 3,000 respondents say that they do not want to be seen wearing the same sweater that they wore the previous year, and 29% say that they get a new one every year because of the cheap prices. This puts one in every four sweaters to be thrown away or never worn again. Additionally, 35% explained that since they only wore the sweaters once, these are often good as new.

Experts explain that it results to some clothes that are still in good condition to be thrown away. The cumulative effect of these wastes can fill up landfills and generates 1.2 billion tons of greenhouse emissions every year.

Throwaway Culture

Researchers further explain that people should reflect on this throwaway culture and how it affects the environment. Sarah Divall from Hubbub, an environmental charity organization, explains that it is a sign of our addiction to fast fashion— cheap clothes that people only wear once and disposed simply because buying new ones is cheap. She and the rest of the organization encourage people to swap or donate these sweaters instead of throwing them away.

Environmental Impact

The environmental impact of fast fashion is a serious matter. The industry is considered one of the major factors in depleting non-renewable resources, using massive amounts of energy, water, and chemicals. The process also emits a large quantity of greenhouse gases, which aggravate the overall environmental condition of the planet. Polyester, acrylic, and nylon, which are synthetic fibers often used in fast fashion also take thousands of years to decay, causing a huge problem in pollution.

Washing clothes made with synthetic fibers is also discovered to be harmful. In a 2011 study, researchers found out that a single piece of synthetic clothing can produce up to 1,900 micro plastic fibers in one washing alone.