Illegal waste dumping is an unsightly environmental problem which needs to be reduced. We need to work out a plan- to recycle more and create less rubbish. In Australia illegal dumping is the main issue, but our practices are better than overseas where all rubbish is improperly managed and disposed of. At a global level, we need to become aware of the waste management problem we have at hand, and raise awareness of the consequences if we keep going at the rate how long until the planet takes to start breaking down. We need to do something now, before it is too late.

Even at home we are rubbish at dealing with our garbage. In fact $2.5 million is spent each year. The average Australian produces 1.5 tonnes of waste in a year. The consequences of cleaning up after illegal dumping cost the country There aren’t a lot of consequences for illegal dumping either. In Queensland is Up to $8,000 on-The-spot fine if you are caught. Thousands are caught each year coating auz millions of dollars. This is definitely not enough to stop people from dumping their rubbish. There aren’t a lot of incentives to recycle either. As much as 50% of waste in the average dustbin could be composted. Up to 80% of a vehicle can be recycled. 9 out of 10 people would recycle more if it were made easier. This is simply not good enough. Countries like us are doing a lot better than us. However, countries like Countries that are really bad not recycling and making heaps of rubbish. In the US less than 14% of plastic packaging is currently recycled. Something needs to be done, now. The world’s population is set to hit 8 billion by 2030, and 97% of this growth will happen in Asia and Africa, where waste management practices are virtually non-existent. Developed countries need to be improving their practices and set the example, even support and educate developing countries to manage their waste better. We all live on the same planet, and unlike our countries, there are no borders to environmental damage.

Waste dumping has major consequences at many levels. Environmentally, it is a big problem- resources are being depleted and the environment is being contaminated with waste which has a negative impact on humans, plants and animals. Economically, we are not being efficient with recycling and resource recovery. We mine resources, manufacture, throw away and don’t recycle enough- which is clearly wasteful and unsustainable. Socially, we need to change our attitudes to rubbish and waste. Right now we seem to think that once we’ throw it away’ it is gone- but really it just becomes someone else’s problem. We must face the issue and improve our practices so we have a future.

The environmental consequences of illegal dumping and bad waste management are very concerning. Some people dump their rubbish in local parks, at the side of road, in bushland and anywhere they can find to escape paying fees to dump it at the waste centre. Illegal dumping is often responsible for flash flooding, because waste blocks up storm water drains and run offs. The rubbish can then run into open water ways, dams, creeks and the ocean. Every year we dump a massive 2.12 billion tons of waste. If all this waste was put on trucks they would go around the world 24 times. This stunning amount of waste is partly because 99 percent of the stuff we buy is trashed within 6 months. No one wants garbage piles on their beaches and rusty hazards in the bush. ‘Illegal dumping makes our communities and natural areas look dirty and uncared for, unpleasant to be in, and less likely to be used by the public. A poor and uncared for environment leads to more dumping, other illegal activities and antisocial behaviour. This, in turn, can lead to reduced community pride and reduced property values’. We can do a few things to solve the problem. We need to make people aware of the consequences of dumping, put out more bins in public areas for rubbish and enforce bigger fines to people who get caught dumping. Overall, the environmental consequences of illegal dumping are quite alarming.

Illegal dumping also has a lot of economic and cost consequences too. This happens often as it is expensive to dump legally. The price isn’t just one that the dumper is dodging by avoiding disposal fees at tip sites - it costs a lot for communities and business to clean up, it coast $2.5 million which ultimately gets paid by the tax payers.  Not many people are caught illegally dumping so people feel they can get away with dumping anywhere, and there isn’t many incentives to do the right thing.  We can encourage people to do the right thing with cheaper dump and disposal fees, as well as better enforcement and consequences for people caught illegally disposing of waste. There also need to be cost benefits for recycling too- like money back for people who recycle things like scrap metal and electronic waste. Economically, waste is costing us more than it should, and we aren’t making the savings where we need to. The most common waste is house hold waste. Most the times it is dumped in bulk and usually consist of fridges washing machines, tables and mattresses. Other waste include garden waste, car bodies, tires and asbestos.

We need to improve practices for a sustainable future. If we don’t change our attitude with waste and the way we dispose of it it could later on completely tare about our ecosystem, When waste isn’t disposed of properly it goes into our water ways, affecting the marine life and water, Damaging our environment and affects us because it pollutes the air we breathe. “We are living on this planet as if we have another one to go to” –Terry Swearingen

We can’t have this ‘out of sight, out of mind’ attitude- it is wasteful- need to reduce, reuse, recycle and address the situation now.

When we throw out our waste we are not really throwing it out we are just giving it to someone else to deal with. We need to find a way to dispose of it.   

Illegal dumping has had an astronomical effect on our day to day life as it has affected our communities, suburbs and our whole eco system.  Communities and individuals, need to open their minds up a bit and see the bigger picture and consequences. Many people don’t realise the effect of even throwing out one piece of rubbish has on our eco system. If every person in the world picked up at least one piece of rubbish each a day there would be 7.347 billion less pieces of rubbish laying around in this world, that means if every person picked up 1 piece of rubbish every day for a week there will be 51.429 billion less pieces of rubbish we have to worry about. Compost heaps to help reduce the waste of food and yard waste which mean less plastic bags going in landfill. Recycling is a form of waste management it involves converting ‘waste’ and other used materials into reusable products such as road side curbs and patio furniture, benches and cargo liners. In Conclusion I urge everyone to sign the petition to support legislation against illegal dumping of rubbish to rid the planet of this very destructive problem.

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