FACT FILE: Plastics Recycling & Recovery

FACT FILE: Plastics Recycling & Recovery

We buy and use different types of plastic products every single day. But, for the production of new plastic products, massive amounts of resources are required. Apart from all the coal, oil and gas that is required, the production process also causes greenhouse emissions. While this contributes to climate change, plastic waste also contaminates the oceans and kills millions of marine animals every year.

Needless to say, you must dispose your plastic waste in the proper manner. Moreover, it’s important to know that there are certain types of plastic that are recyclable.

So, let’s take a look at some stats regarding plastics recycling and recovery in Australia. Then, I’ll share with you how to go about disposing plastic waste in the proper manner so you can do your bit for the environment.

State of plastics recycling and recovery in Australia

Suez Recycling & Recovery has revealed some very alarming stats on plastic waste and recycling. First of all, 311 million tonnes of plastics were produced in 2014. This is equivalent to over 900 Empire State Buildings in terms of sheer weight! More than 90% of the plastics that are produced are derived from various types of virgin fossil feedstock.

Also, most marine waste that is found in our oceans is made up of plastic waste. This plastic waste contributes to the death of over 100,000 mammals and millions of sea birds every year. This happens because more than 8 million tonnes of plastic waste leaks into the ocean every single year. This roughly equates to dumping an entire garbage truck’s contents into the ocean every minute. See how alarming this is?

There are certain advantages to producing plastics from recycled materials. This process saves about 88% of the total energy required to create virgin plastic material from oil and gas. If you recycle one plastic bottle, you’ll save enough energy to power your computer for about 25 minutes.

In order for plastics to be recycled, you must dispose your plastic waste in the proper manner. This will also limit the amount of plastic that reaches landfills and escapes out to the oceans.

How to dispose plastic waste properly?

Disposing plastic waste in a proper and environmentally friendly manner is easy. All you have to do is to hire a qualified Brisbane waste removal company such as us at 4 Waste Removals. We make waste disposal easy, efficient, hassle free and affordable for you! We have access to several recycling depots in Brisbane Southside and we’ll make sure that your waste never reaches landfills.

Just hire one of our junk skip bins and have it delivered to your location. Once the bin arrives, load it up with your plastic waste. When you’re done, our waste removal experts will collect your waste and sent it for recycling. You can also make use of our hands-on waste removal service to dispose your plastic waste.

For more information on this topic, read my previous post: “Why is plastic recycling important?


Every year, millions of tonnes of plastic products are produced. The excessive consumption of plastics has led to an increase in the amount of plastic waste. Plastic waste that is not recycled reaches landfills and eventually ends up in oceans killing marine life. It is very important to limit improper disposal of plastic waste and to use plastics made from recycled products.

To dispose your plastic waste in a proper and environmentally friendly manner, get in touch with one of Brisbane’s leading waste removal companies, 4 Waste Removals.

Call us at 07 3343 3030 to discuss your waste disposal requirements with one of our experts today!