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.