In our previous blog updates we’ve mentioned how successful the recycling revolution has been in Australia; many individuals and businesses are taking the initiative to find new ways to dispose of their waste responsibly and the trend is catching on.
Despite this, millions of tonnes of waste still finds its way into Australian landfill sites every year, which begs the question: where is all this waste coming from? Well, we believe the answer lies with industry.
After talking with a number of industry leaders, it has become obvious that many see waste disposal as a cost and a liability rather than an opportunity. As many industries face economic difficulty, high costs and reduced profits may lead to waste being pushed back into landfill.
The recycling industry is not immune. Less consumer spending leads to less manufacturing, which cuts down on the need for recycled goods like cardboard for packaging. As prices plunge, recyclers may reduce their activity. (Ruggeri 2009, p. 58)
Many businesses face a range of problems when deciding how to get rid of waste: issues with cost, convenience, and reliability are significant, and many are simply unaware of cost effective methods for reducing their waste. In addition, current skip collectors are utilizing landfill almost exclusively to dispose of their industrial waste.
At Salvage Warehouse, our business model is simple: provide cost effective, environmentally sustainable solutions to our customers for their waste disposal.
We’ve seen our business develop over the past few months and we’re steadily growing our partnerships with a range of industry leaders in Melbourne, working hard to change the status quo and provide quality solutions to our partners.
We believe this is evidence that industry and businesses are just as keen as us to recycle responsibly given the right opportunities and avenues.
Ruggeri, A 2009, ‘Heap of Trouble for Recycling Industry; High costs and bottled-up profits may push waste back to the landfills,’ Health Business Elite, Vol. 146(3), p. 58