Interesting Statistics from the Recent Series War On Waste.
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In case you weren’t aware, Australia has a huge waste problem. In the ABC’s recent series War On Waste, Craig Reucassel revealed some of the alarming statistics regarding the rubbish situation in Australia. It’s definitely a series worth checking out, if you missed it you can catch up on iView. We found some of the statistics particularly interesting and had trouble finding a copy of them – so we made our own notes. Below are some of the most interesting statics from Episode 1.
Shocked by the amount of bananas that had to be disposed of, Craig researched Woolworths’ banana cosmetic standards, and found some documents. He quoted ‘Slightly arched with blunted butt end’ as the requirements for bananas. You can see Woolworths’ full banana specifications for yourself here. It’s definitely something to consider when you’re buying food – if you see a straight or oversized banana, buy it, and support the use of imperfect fruit and vegetables.
Craig also tried out dumpster diving with the dumpster diving granny, it was amazing to see how much good food supermarkets dispose of. The two of them brought back enough food to feed several people. There is considerable hygiene risk, so we don’t recommend trying this yourself, but it was certainly an interesting thing to see.
In Episode 3 many more alarming statistics were shared. One of the main factors was fast fashion - something people don't often think of as a waste problem. When throwing away clothes, we need to think about all the resources that went into making it - water, energy, cotton, transport, etc.
Craig also shared some shocking statistics regarding the disposable coffee cup. He used a tram full of coffee cups to demonstrate how many coffee cups are thrown out every half hour. This was an important reminder as to why we should bring our own reusable coffee when we go to coffee shops.
If we all played our own small part by buying quality clothes and wearing them longer as well as only using our own reusable coffee cup, huge results could be seen.
For more interesting statistics about rubbish in Australia, see some of the other statistics we’ve shared on our website. There are lots of things that you can do to help combat the serious rubbish problem we have in Australia, for some of these ideas check out the War On Waste website. If you have a rubbish problem of your own, we offer the service you need. Declare your own War On Waste and call us today on 0402 737 046.