AUSTRALIA’S WASTE is growing around six times faster than the population, according to Planet Ark, and National Recycling Week is a timely reminder for all Australians, including farmers, to look at their recycling habits.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Luke Hartsuyker, has stated that this National Recycling Week (November 13 to 19) is a great opportunity for farmers and rural Australians to think about the ways they manage waste and to encourage future generations to think sustainably.
“Our farmers manage 61 per cent of Australia’s landmass and can make a significant contribution to the protection of vital assets such as our soils, water, vegetation and biodiversity,” the Minister said.
“Farmers can support the ‘circular economy’ by being conscious of how they dispose of things like worn tyres and used scrap metal from old machinery — and by purchasing products made from recycled materials.
“There is now a vast range of products that can be made from recycled materials, including fencing, containers, and construction material like bricks and timber. Purchasing recycled products closes the loop and keeps products and material out of landfill, groundwater and oceans.
“There are already organisations promoting recycling in rural Australia — drumMUSTER provides farmers with an environmentally-friendly way to dispose of empty agricultural and veterinary chemical containers by turning them into useful recycled plastic products, while ChemClear provides safe disposal of chemicals.
“Farmers can also help to improve soil quality by recycling suitable organic matter.
“By reducing waste, farmers can do their part in keeping Australia beautiful and preserving the land for future generations.”