The year 2020 has been a challenging year due to the global outbreak of Covid-19. Millions of cases around the world have been recorded, and the economy has been in turmoil ever since. However, we are far from over. Vaccines are not yet ready for consumption, and we should still live with precautions.
The pandemic has caused a domino effect in employment rate, businesses, education, and even to the waste generation of the country. As people have been necessitated to stay at home, Australian councils struggle with the increase of residential rubbish. Thus, people need to lessen the burden on their local council pick-ups.
To further enlighten you about this ongoing issue, here are the top 10 rubbish problems during the pandemic, which you should be wary about:
Over-all Waste Generation Increases
As people incline to shop online and order food via take-out, waste from packaging materials and single-use items continue to crowd household bins. There is an increase of 10% in residential rubbish and recyclables that end up in kerbside bins for the local council to pick up.
Illegal Dumping Intensifies
Waste generation is not only the problem, but illegal dumping of rubbish has also been an issue in different councils of Australia. In the city of Melbourne, the illegal dumping of wastes increased by 70% last April. Officials remind residents that illegal dumping is a punishable offence, which can be a penalty of $10,000 or a jail time for a month, depending on the severity of the case.
Improper Disposal of Medical Waste
Use of face masks is our first line of defence against Covid-19. However, improper disposal could spread the virus or end up killing marine life.
According to BBC News, we use about 129 billion face masks and 65 billion plastic gloves every month. They should end up in closed bins rather than illegally littered on streets that may soon reach oceans. Today, there are more face masks in the sea than jellyfish, along with alcohol bottles and gloves. Thus, proper waste management and disposal of medical waste is one of the keys to protect marine life.
Limitations on Kerbside Collection
Bulk waste and white goods require booking an appointment with the council. However, with the increasing waste generation, local pick-ups find it hard to collect all types of rubbish at the same time. Some of them have momentarily stopped the collection of bulk waste, prompting residents to illegally dump their wastes as mentioned before.
To avoid penalties, you can opt to book with Kurt’s Rubbish Removal, the trusted partner of Sydneysiders for their rubbish removal needs.
Construction Debris Surges
During the pandemic, people have seen this as an opportunity to renovate residential or commercial spaces. In line with that, construction debris such as rubbles, timber items, and paints are on the rise.
Local councils pick-ups don’t collect these types of waste. It can be a hassle to lift and transfer without the right equipment and vehicle. Thus, once again, you can rely on Kurt’s construction rubbish removal service to take care of your accumulated construction waste. Our team can get rid of them fast and efficiently.
Residential Cleanout Accumulates Piles of Rubbish
Since the start of lockdown, hygiene and cleanliness are vital factors to avoid the spread of the virus. Homeowners maximise this time of crisis to declutter and clean unwanted junks inside their properties.
But, this general cleanout day produces piles of rubbish that need proper segregation and disposal. So, if you plan to conduct a cleanout, please make sure to follow the NSW EPA Waste Classifications Guidelines, and be extra careful of hazardous chemicals.
Single-use Plastics’ Come Back
People have been choosing single-use plastics, so they can quickly get rid of them. But, please take note that plastics decay for about 50 to 600 years. Thus, if you can avoid to use them, please do so. Better alternatives are available such as eco-bags, which you can sanitise right away by washing.
Recyclable Items in Landfills
With the threat of the virus, people tend to forget to recycle. It is essential to remind you that there are also long-time threats that could affect us if we don’t act today. Landfilling rate is one of the biggest problems in Australia. Recycling could help lessen the exploitation of resources and reduce taking up too much space in landfills.
You might think to give away your used clothes to charitable institutions. But, most of the time, only some of them are used. Do not donate unusable and worn-out items of clothing. It is a nice thing to help, but sometimes, charities can be overwhelmed by too much clothing donation. They don’t have a choice but to throw them out.
So, if you are donating, ensure that the charity really needs clothing donation.
Litters are Everywhere
Even though people are staying at home, litter items such as cigarette butts, plastic bottles, and fast food containers are still ongoing issues in Australia. Littering is a crime that may put you to pay fines from $200 to $5,000. So make sure to avoid throwing out unwanted junks on the streets and practise proper waste disposal.
Dealing with a global health pandemic is stressful enough. Do not make it to a point where your rubbish problems will put you at risk. Always remember to segregate your wastes according to their type and throw them to their designated bins.
If you want hassle-free and efficient disposal of wastes, you can always depend on Kurt’s Rubbish Removal! Our team of top-grade removalists are experts when it comes to sorting your junks and discarding them while following the NSW EPA Regulation.
You don’t have anything to worry since our methods are following the standard health protocols. Equipped with the right tools and devices, we will be ringing at your door within an hour after your call.