S.A.V.E. is, above all else, focused on aiding the local community by addressing the issue of waste disposal. Those who volunteer at S.A.V.E are not motivated by profit or detached from the cause that we espouse. In fact, we are merely a small group of students from Fitzroy High School dedicated to altering our community for the better. After some debate, we have come to the conclusion that, while many other issues are present in our community, the very survival (in a recognisable state) of our community depends on a proper education in waste disposal. As such, we decided to create a virtual resource to educate the local area on the most effective (and correct) methods to dispose of waste.
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Australia is actually the third leading country in recycling and composting, demonstrating the general failure of the world as a whole to deal with the issue of waste disposal in a sustainable and sensible manner. Australia produces roughly 380,000 tonnes of plastic each year and twenty percent of that plastic is not recycled correctly. That amount of plastic can fill up to thirty Olympic swimming pools.
Forty percent of the average Australian's bin is filled with compostable materials. This goes straight to landfill and is not disposed of correctly. When food is put into landfill, it produces methane gas, which is twenty five times more potent as a greenhouse gas than the carbon that is produced from the average car.
The average Australian wastes one thousand dollars worth of food each year, resulting in forty two percent of landfill being rotting food which means that organic waste is the most common kind of waste found in landfill. This amount of waste is enough to fill eight thousand, eight hundred and eighty Olympic swimming pools. Most of this waste is compostable.
Electronic waste is one of the less thought about, but most destructive forms of waste in Australia and the world. It is important to dispose of it correctly, so any damaging materials they may contain are disposed of safely and sustainably. There are plenty of ways to educate and inform yourself about the choices you have to choose from when disposing of E-waste.