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Waste is something that is no longer useful or wanted, that can’t be recycled, reused or recovered in any way. These items will end up being sent to landfill.
Examples of waste include:
All of the items that we use and consume; eg. cars, buildings, clothes, food, containers, and furniture, are made from our environment and use natural resources like water, coal, oil or wood. If these products aren’t reused or recycled and sent to landfill, then new material has to come from our environment to create new products. This uses energy, water and other natural resources. Greenhouse gases, which contribute to climate change, are created by the production and transport of materials as well as through rotting organic material in landfill. There is also less and less space available for landfill sites.
Avoiding waste is the best option for the environment, then reducing, reusing and recycling as depicted by the waste management hierachy below;
The waste management hierarchy
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South Australia has a goal to recycle 70% of all of the waste we produce. Most of our waste can be recycled in some way. Plastic, glass, metal, paper and cardboard as well as food and garden organics can be recycled in your household bins. East Waste also collects larger items such as furniture, and some electrical goods through the hard waste collection. Many of the items collected as hard waste are also able to be recycled.
You can search for any item on Recycle Near You website to see where you can recycle it in your suburb.
Waste collected in your blue or red lidded bins is taken to waste processing facilities and placed into landfill. The landfill sites are large holes dug into the ground, where rubbish is compacted and then covered over with soil once the site is full. Pipes are used to extract the gases released as organic material breaks down in the landfill site. This gas can be used to generate electricity.