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Rubbish equals landfill - how to deal with this problem
Landfill is a huge catastrophe and one that is getting so much worse all the time. There is even talk in my council of paying for the amount of rubbish that is collected from households whereas businesses already pay significantly for this and have done for a long time.
We are now sending about 17,000 tonnes of waste to landfill every week. Most of what we put in landfill bins could be recycled, composted or avoided altogether. We throw out so much that could actually be used for various things and if we had to pay for our rubbish, perhaps we would all be a bit more careful about it and finds ways to use it.
I personally have a worm farm and this takes a lot of the rubbish that I would throw out. A recycling bin is something that really most people should actually have in their back yard.
When we stop using plastic some more, this would also render the amount of rubbish that we have. Despite our plastic bag problems in shops, I find that I am still using quite a lot of plastic and in fact, I believe that the supermarkets are marking a fortune on people buying plastic bags for rubbish! The waste of resources and cost to the environment is huge and we therefore need to change how we do things.
And now it is time to mention that you and your neighbours are going to be challenged and the community of Adelaide to our 'Less to Landfill October' challenge! How much can you reduce each week? Would it be an idea not to put your rubbish bin out for the whole month of October?
For some, this will be easy, but for many of us, it would create a very huge challenge! This is not a competition, so you will not have to stress about it at this stage. Some may be restricted by location or personal circumstances as explained above.
As a community, this is something that we will be doing this together. We could probably share heaps of information, tips and ideas - we could possibly change things so that we will easily carry into the months and years beyond and change things.
This will be our focus -
Think before you throw
Feed food scraps to FOGO - Food Organics Garden Organics
Don't waste a resource
Apply the Rs
Hold your landfill bin
Now it is time to get to reducing, reusing and recycling. You could invite your family, friends, neighbours, work colleagues and everyone else, as it is now time for these three Rs.
If you compost through your FOGO/Green bin or in your home compost bin, you are helping to save a large amount of your waste from going to landfill. Instead of going to landfill, you will be turning it into a precious resource - compost as known as 'Black Gold'!
The green bins that we have are great for holding food scraps and garden organics.
A kitchen caddy is handy for collecting food scraps. Buy a small one and keep the refuse in there till you are ready to put it elsewhere outside.
If you have a home composting system ready to go - perhaps a compost bin, worm farm, chickens, etc, that will also work well too.