No matter how many recycling systems we have in place, their efficacy depend on people being educated and willing to use them.
Local governments are responsible for the collection of our many recycled items, like paper, glass and metals, but this may not be the same for your school or workplace. Connecting with your local government will be useful to understand what they do recycle and where the drop off point is. They will also have a strategies and policies relevant to the environmental and sustainability.
Here are the links to some useful sites and Facebook groups that can be a great way to expand your knowledge and seek advice.
Container Deposit Scheme (CDS)
A container deposit scheme is about taking drinking containers to a designated recycling agent to be recycled and will usually include a financial incentive.
South Australia has such a system in place since 1977. Other states are looking to come on board, except Victoria. More updates here
Around half of our household garbage is made up of food and garden waste. When these organic materials are sent to landfill, they begin to rot anaerobically (without oxygen) and release greenhouse gases, primarily methane (CH4), which contributes to climate change. The impact of methane on climate change is around 25 times greater than carbon dioxide (CO2).
Composting a useful product instead. Even if you are a renter living in an apartment there are composting options for you.
Recycling of e-waste has seen a massive growth since the 2012 launch of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, the first co-regulated program to operate under the 2011 Product Stewardship Legislation.
Under this scheme manufacturers and importers of TVs take responsibility for recycling electronic waste.
The Victorian government is looking to ban eWaste from landfill in 2019. More updates here
Product stewardship is an approach to managing the impacts of different products and materials. It acknowledges that those involved in producing, selling, using and disposing of products have a shared responsibility to ensure that those products or materials are managed in a way that reduces their impact.
A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.