Make Recycling Compulsory for Australian Business

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It is ridiculous that in Australia there are no laws which ensure all businesses recycle. This includes offices, factories, schools and hotels/pubs. Implementing laws that ensure all Australian businesses recycle sends a strong message about Australia's commitment to the environment and recycling.

In 2006-2007, Australians generated almost 48 million tonnes of waste. Sadly, this statistic has not been improving. Waste generated in Australia continued to grow between 2006-07 and 2008-09. Australia's national recycling rate was only 51%.

In 2010, Australians recycled only 30.3% of their steel cans and 67.4% of aluminium cans. Many steel cans are still being sent to landfill.

Australian households and businesses use millions of tonnes of paper every year. Over 5.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard was used from 2006-2007, with 2.5 million tonnes of this recycled. Australian businesses shoud be leading the way with recycling of paper.

Why recycle? 

- Recycling one tonne of paper and cardboard saves 13 trees and 2.5 barrels of oil.
- Each aluminium can recycled saves enough electricity to run a TV for 3 hours.
- A daily newspaper that goes to landfill will cause 350 kilograms of extra carbon dioxide each year.

Its time for Australia's leaders to step up and make Australian businesses cleaner and more environmentally friendly.

 

The figures used here can be found at

http://www.environment.gov.au/protection/national-waste-policy/publications/waste-and-recycling-australia-2011 

https://www.cleanup.org.au/PDF/au/cua_recycling_fact_sheet.pdf