Waste Not, Want Not

If we are totally honest with ourselves, most of us would agree that we humans are generally a disgruntled lot of people who are hard to please, quick to complain and slow to give credit where credit is due. You just have to pick up the local newspaper to see this in action. Proposal to build more shops, complain. Proposal to sell land for residential development, complain. Proposal to build a multi-storey apartment complex to meet housing needs in the area, complain. Proposal to privatise nursing home, complain. Proposal to extend the opening hours of the local police station, complain. Proposal to limit parking times, complain. And the list goes on. It wasn’t till I had to dispose of my son’s diabetes care syringes that I came to realise the valuable service local councils provide. As far as waste management, they don’t just provide weekly rubbish collection, but also sharps disposals for my son’s used diabetes syringes, green collection, recycling collection, annual curb side collection of large household items, household chemical disposal and used lead-acid batteries disposal. For gas bottle recyclers Adelaide just click the hyperlink for details.

When I was growing up, I remember people throwing used lead-acid batteries out in the rubbish bins. Thankfully, we have safer options to dispose of our used batteries now. Used lead-acid batteries and car batteries contain toxic sulphuric acid and lead which are hazardous to health. Disposing them in landfills will not only take up precious space and waste reusable materials, but also poison the environment and waste unnecessary energy to produce new batteries. Used car batteries are 98% recyclable. They can be re-conditioned and continue to be reused as car batteries, or the sulphuric acid, lead and polypropylene from the car battery scrap can be recycled and made into new products such as new batteries, laundry detergents, plant pots, etc. In Australia, we are fortunate to have a national network of battery recycling centres that will collect and recycle used lead-acid batteries in their recycling programs. Other places that will collect used car batteries and other lead-acid batteries for recycling are local councils, car workshops, service stations and scrap metal dealers. You can visit this helpful site for more information and for all inquiries.

It is easy to take our waste disposal for granted because local councils have made it easy for us by coming to our curb side to remove our rubbish for us. I lived in a country where we only had this service for our domestic waste, but not for our recyclable waste. Hence, people there were not as environmentally conscious as us in Australia. I used to collect my recycled items in large rubbish bags and drive down to the closest recycling bin to dispose of my recyclable items myself. Though it was an inconvenience, it was my small part to save the environment. I dread to think of what poisons and precious waste materials are in the landfills in that country.