Did you know that Australians rank quite high on the list of the countries that produce the largest amounts of waste? An unfortunate yet completely true fact is that Australia, after America, produces much more waste per person than any other nation. This hardly comes as a surprise to those who know that as the hubs of a highly consumerist society, most people in the Australian cities are controlled by what they want as much as by what they need. Each year, few million tonnes of waste are dumped onto the environment. More than anything else this signifies the unsustainable balance of production and consumption in most Australian cities, especially Sydney.
Key problems with waste management in Sydney:
A series of surveys have revealed that each day every person in the country’s major cities,especially Sydney, produces about three kilograms of waste. This may be anything ranging from solid waste, otherwise termed as dry waste, gaseous waste or liquid waste. With constant urban growth, an acute need for better waste management is being felt in all Australian cities.
Solid waste like household garbage and industrial by-products have always been dumped in landfills. However, with the city constantly expanding and the existing landfills being filled up fast, there is a dearth in new areas. Mostly liquid waste is discarded in the coastal region and only one per cent of the country’s total liquid waste is recycled. This,coupled with the huge amount of solid waste that is dumped in the ocean every year, poses a major threat to the environment, not to forget the marine life. Gaseous and hazardous waste constantly adding to air pollution is also a huge concern for those who are in charge of waste management in Sydney.
The need for sustainable waste management methods:
Sydney, like most other cities in Australia, is growing continuously. This constant state of growth is mainly the result of the need for expansion as popularity increases and standard of living heightens. In relation to this growth, sophisticated waste disposal and management methods are required to be implemented. Sadly though, this is not the case. The lack of such methods is leading to the accumulation of huge quantities of rubbish and pollution. It has to be considered though that implementing sustainable methods of waste management in Sydney and other cities and simultaneously maintaining the comfortable, if not luxurious, lifestyle of the residents of those cities is hardly an easy feat.
From the above discussion it is clear that more emphasis must be put on finding out sustainable techniques of waste minimization and management. And reducing, reusing and recycling are the best methods to go about it. For ecological sustainability and considerable reduction of human impact on the environment, there is no alternative to these methods.