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How to avoid using single-use plastic

Posted on Thursday, January 20th, 2022

Only 12% of plastic waste used in Australia ends up recycled. For years, we’ve been sending plastic waste overseas to be processed. But now countries like China have refused to accept 99% of Australian plastic.

Nowadays, our recyclables often end up stockpiled in landfills or littered on the side of the road in parks, nature and oceans. Plastic is polluting the environment every day, and we need to create more proactive solutions. 

What can I do?

There are many ways you can help reduce the amount of plastic pollution. A great place to start is from home. Many of us are unknowingly contributing to plastic pollution by using large amounts of single-use plastics. Some small changes you make at home could potentially contribute massively to reducing plastic pollution.

Here are some of the following ways you can help!

Switch to reusable bags

A plastic bag is used for 15 minutes on average but could take up to 300 years to decompose. Switch to reusable cotton tote bags for your grocery shopping rather than using plastic bags.

Ditch plastic straws for steel

Using reusable steel straws instead of plastic is a great way to make a small change for the environment. Plastic straws are only used for a short period of time and take hundreds of years to decompose.

Use reusable bowl covers

Instead of using cling film and other plastic products to cover your bowls, switch to reusable bowl covers. Bees wrap is also another great way to reduce plastic waste.

Switch to a reusable water bottle

Buying plastic water bottles is harmful to the environment, and can take 450 years to break down, and it still leaves remnants behind.

There are many ways to reduce your use of plastic and how it is being used. If you can make any change to help reduce plastic pollution, it will make a difference. If you are looking to dispose of heavy waste, contact our team at Bonza Bins for more information. The most affordable skip bins in Armdale!