Waste Minimisation Facility and Rural Transfer Stations

Australians produce over 18 million tonnes of waste per year. That's the equivalent of 3 million Cleanaway trucks full of compacted rubbish! And of all this waste each Australian family would contribute enough rubbish to completely fill a three-bedroom house from floor to ceiling. Our current patterns of production and consumption are not ecologically, socially or environmentally sustainable. By far the most desirable objective is to avoid waste at all costs before it becomes an environmental or human health problem. There are many benefits for us and our environment through reducing the amount of waste we produce:

  1. It conserves valuable resources

    MINERALS - used to make many materials, e.g. bauxite is used to make aluminium
    ENERGY - used in mining, harvesting, manufacturing and transporting
    NATIVE FORESTS - used to make some types of paper and wood products
    PETROLEUM - used to make some plastics and machinery
    LANDFILL SITES - the life of existing tips is extended

  2. It saves money

    Cutting waste can save you money in many ways, e.g. if you waste less you get more out of what you buy, Council waste disposal costs are lower so rates may stay lower. Businesses become more efficient, and household budgets stretch further.

  3. It reduces environmental impact

    Fewer areas are affected by resource extraction (e.g. mining), harvesting or solid waste disposal. Less fossil fuel is burnt during production and transport so greenhouse gas emissions and pollution levels are reduced.

Links to other websites

Environment Australia www.environment.gov.au/index.html

See videos on waste minimisation tips www.planetark.com.au