Energy & Cost Savings on your Heating and Cooling Appliances
An extra 1 degree Celsius difference between outside and inside temperature can add around 10% more to the heating and cooling costs. You can save money and energy by setting the thermostat to 18-20 degrees in winter and 25-27 degrees in summer.
Beat the forever rising Landfill Gate Fees in NSW by simply switching to Recycling
The effect of the NSW State Government landfill levy, carbon tax, a series of compliance obligation and the privatisation of landfills has been continuously pushing up the cost of dumping general waste at the tip. Current tip fee in NSW has crossed the $300 per tonne mark. Residents and businesses in NSW are paying way too much for general waste service and skip bin hire.
Research has shown that over 80% of the materials in most Commercial and Residential waste bins are TOTALLY RECYCLABLE! It makes perfect sense to start recycling. It's not only great for the environment, it will actually save you or your business hundreds and thousands of dollars on your waste disposal bills. Recycling service is around $12 + GST per regular service and $50 + GST for one off clean-out service. It's now the perfect time to divert your recyclable materials from the expensive and unnecessary skip bin hire and general waste service to recycling!
Can you dispose of rubbish and goods left behind by your tenants?
If the tenancy has ended, you can take the following steps to dispose of the former tenant's belongings which they have left behind:
1. For Rubbish and Perishables: You may dispose of any rubbish or perishable items left behind immediately;
2. For Goods of Value: You must notify the former tenant that if items remained unclaimed after a certain time (minimum of 14 days), the items will be disposed of;
3. For Personal Documents such as birth certificates, passports, bank statements etc: You must notify the former tenant that if items remained unclaimed after a certain time (minimum of 90 days), the documents will be disposed of in an appropriate manner; *Commercial Leases are not governed by Fair Trading and we recommend you to seek legal advice about your rights and obligations.
Most of former tenant's left behinds are recyclable materials such as paper, boxes, packaging etc therefore it's much cheaper to recycle than ordering a general waste skip bin which would cost on average $290 + GST for a two cubic metre bin.
Recycling and Waste-to-Energy Incineration: the better alternatives to landfills for the disposal of waste
Although landfill is still the oldest and most common methods of waste treatment by burying the waste materials, its adverse environmental and health impacts such as soil contamination during and after the landfill usage, emission of the methane gas and the harbouring of disease vectors such as rats and flies have pushed for the development of better alternatives in waste management and disposal. The newly developed treatmnet methods such as recycling, waste-to-energy incineration, anaerobic digestion, composting, mechanical biological treatment and plasma arc gasification, have all begun to establish themselves in today's market as the better substitute to the traditional landfill which has been used for centuries.
In recent years, some countries, such as Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands and Switzerland have banned the disposal of untreated waste in landfills and that only the ashes from incineration or the stabilised output of mechanical biological treatment plants may still be buried in landfills.
Which are the TOP 10 Recycling Countries in the world?
Topping the chart is
Rank 2nd: SWEDEN
How to recycle PVC 'vinyl' products
Do you know that the PVC or ‘Vinyl’ products have a life-expectancy
of at least 60 years and these durable materials take hundreds of years to degrade?!
Thanks to its unique polymer structure, PVC compounds are 100% recyclable
physically, chemically and energetically! After mechanical separation,
grinding, washing and treatment to eliminate impurities, it is reprocessed using
either the Granulated Technique (a.k.a Mechanical Recycling) or the Powder
Technique (a.k.a. Feedstock Recycling) and reused in the production.
9 Things you must do if your email is hacked.
1. Change your password to a combination of letters, numbers and symbols;;
2. Recapture your account;
3. Notify all your peeps;
4. Report to the email site;
5. Scan your device with updated anti-virus program;
6. Review your personal email settings;
7. Change passwords or security questions for other sites;
8. Check your email folders and archive folders and change the user ID and password;
9. Monitor your financial accounts and credit cards for suspicious transactions.
Gold Coast Council faces class action for leaking toxic methane gas into residential homes.
Residents of Arundel in Gold Coast are suing councils for operating rubbish dumps that produce toxic methane gas which leaks underground and into their homes which are fitted with in-house gas monitoring alarms and thier lawns are littered with gas monitoring wells.
The gas monitors have measured dangerously high level of methane gas produced by a nearby rubbish dump.
Gold Coast City Council keeps the incident and the measurement results a secret but solicitor Celina Nutley from Shine Lawyers is making it her business to get the readings. She has launched a class acction suing the Council over the wqay it has operated the rubbish dump. She hopes to get compensation for residents whose house values have plummeted as a result of the gas leaks. the Council refused to comment on the issue.
How are polar bears being impacted by global warming?
As climate change melts sea ice, the U.S. Geological Survey projects that 2/3 of polar bears will disappear by 2050.
The rapid Artic sea ice melt seen in recent years has caused a dramatic population size declines for Polar Bears. The retreating sea ice platform means polar bears have to swim longer to reach the next ice floe.
It was reported that a female polar bear had to swim for 9 days - NON STOP - across the Beaufort Sea before reaching an ice flow, costing her 22% of her weight and her cub. More and more polar bears are drowned during their swim from shore to sea ice. Start recycling today to reduce the emission of methane - the main cause of global warming.
How Recycling Paper Fights Global Warming
For every ton of recovered paper that is converted into new recycled paperboard for packaging and other end uses, 3.6 million metric tons of CO2 emissions are eliminated.
Recycling reduces emissions of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming in 3 important ways:
1. Recycling prevents methane emissions from landfills: First, when paper is not recycled, 80% of it ends up in landfills. Decomposition of the paper in landfills produces methane, a greenhouse gas with 21 times the heat-trapping power of carbon dioxide (CO2). If paper is recycled it doesn't end up in the waste stream, headed for a landfill where it will degrade and generate methane.
2. Recycling leaves more trees standing so they can absorb more CO2: 100% recycled paper requires no trees to produce. Trees left standing pull carbon out of the air, a process called carbon sequestration, which is one way to reduce the impact of industrial CO2 emissions.
3. Recycling requires less energy: Manufacturing new paper out of recycled paper requires less energy than making paper out of wood. Production of 100% recycled paperboard uses 50% less energy compared to virgin grades of paperboard, thus significantly reducing the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere.
New Prime Minister, New Leadership, what does it mean to the commodities and resources sector?
Our new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd declared on 27/06/2013 that the decade long Chinese-driven commodities and resources boom is over. Here's the full text from the relevant snippet:
"I believe that what the nation needs now is strong, proven national economic leadership to deal with the formidable new challenge Australia now faces, with the end of the decade-long China resources boom and its impact on Australian jobs and living standards in the future. Given that our economic relationship with China alone now accounts for nearly 10% of the total size of the economy, this is a massive new challenge.' The price for recyclable materials is closely correlated with the commodities prices and both are continuing their downward trends.
Who Invented Recycling?
In 1959, Bill Coors and his engineers invented the seamless, recyclable aluminium cans which had revolutionised the beverage industry. The Coor's company then began a program called 'Cash for Cans' offering one penny for each can and glass bottle returned for recycling. By 1966 Coors was honoured by the Good Outdoor Manners Association for environmental stewardship, having collected over 13 million cans in a year!
What can be recycled?
Ever wonder whether you are paying too much for your garbage disposal? 70% of the items in your garbage bin can be recycled. If you are still dumping these recyclable items in your general waste bin, you are definitely paying too much!! Why not recycle now and save you hundreds of dollars on your garbage disposal bills? Below are items which you can recycle:
* Paper (All types of paper)
* Beverage cans
* Paint and other steel cans
* Glass bottles and jars
* Plastic film, bottles and jars
* Mobile phones
* Polystyrene and Fluorescent lights
World's oceans contain 100 MILLION tons of plastic garbage!
According to a study by the Algalita Marine Research
Foundation (AMRF) they believe that the whole world’s oceans may contain as
much as 100 million tons of plastic debris, that means, the discarded plastic
garbage bobbing around is so prevalent that it outweighs the surface
zooplankton population by a factor of 6 to 1.
10 Ways to Protect yourself from IDENTITY THEFT.
Identity Theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in Australia, it affects 11 million people in a year worldwide at a cost of $54 billion dollars!! Don't become a statistic and follow our 10 tips to safeguard your financial and personal information.
1. Secure your mail box with a lock and clear your mails regularly
2. Shred or destroy your personal or financial information before you throw them away
3. Always cover the keypad at ATMs and EFTPOS terminals when entering your PIN
4. Ensure that your Anti-Virus and Security softwares are up-to-date
5. Don't use public computers or unsecured wireless hotspots
6. Be cautious of who you provide your information to
7. Only use trusted online payment websites for items won at online auctions or purchased online
8. Regularly review your bank statements and credit files
9. Swap your normal credit cards with one that's embedded with a micro chip for better security
10. Do not respond to scam emails or open attachments that are promising huge financial rewards or large money transfer in your name.
Why Recycle Cardboard? When cardboard breaks down in landfill it creates methane, a major greenhouse gas with the global warming capacity of 21 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.
Cardboard is one of the easiest and most environmentally effective materials to recycle since the fibre in cardboard has already been processed. Therefore making cardboard products from recycled material, rather than virgin fibre, saves not only trees, but also large amount of water (up to 99% less) and energy (up to 50% less). Manufacturing from recycled material also produces up to 90% less by-products such as chemical wastes.
For these reasons, it is important to recycle your cardboard and whenever possible to buy paper and cardboard products with recycled content. For each kilogram of cardboard recycled, you save up to one kilogram of greenhouse gases.
LANDFILL harms the environment by producing toxic gas and dangerous chemicals and we should all contribute to preserving the world we are living in by diverting recyclable materials such as paper and cardboard away from landfill.
Landfill sites are patches of land, where waste materials and garbage from a village, town or city are dumped for disposal. The garbage is either burnt, buried or treated in this region, which is located a few miles away from the civilization. Even though landfills are the most effective way of waste treatment, and have been practiced for centuries, they have a number of side effects on the environment. Landfills include different types of wastes such as plastic, paper, wood, food, chemicals, etc., which need to be disposed by segregating them on the basis of their nature.
When these landfills are made in a particular area, there is fowl odour, possibility of diseases and contamination of the surrounding environment. Therefore, it is very important to make sure that every landfill is confined to an extremely small area and is covered with soil layers on a daily basis. Since, this pattern of disposal is not followed much, the long term impact of landfills can prove disastrous. Find out what are the ill effects of poor waste disposal, put together in the paragraphs below.
Hazardous Effects of Landfills
Landfills are usually designed to dispose solid and degradable waste matter by burying it under the soil. Therefore, the land area is first dug up deep enough to accumulate the garbage, the waste is poured into the ditch and is covered with layers of soil. This process of disposing solid waste is however, supposed to be done carefully, to make sure there are no hazards caused due to products of disposal. But many a time, with so much garbage that has to be disposed, there is lack of management, resulting in harmful effects of landfills. They are:
Release of Landfill Gas
Every landfill has a particular capacity of waste that it can accommodate, after which it is supposed to be closed. When the landfill is closed or capped, the entry of moisture or water is shunted thus keeping it away from excessive decomposition. However, the waste present inside the landfill already contains some amount of moisture which combines with other solid waste and starts degrading, releasing various types of gases. These landfill ages mainly include, methane and carbon dioxide, which give out a rotting odour. Since, the solid waste may also contain some toxic chemicals, the gases vaporize through the soil into the open and mix with the surrounding air.
Production of Leachate
Since garbage is disposed under the soil, there are risks of harmful chemicals combining with the ground water. Leachate is a toxic liquid that is produced when water or moisture gets mixed with the solid waste. When the rainwater falls on the soil, it seeps into the ground and can come in contact with the solid waste thus giving rise to leachate. Now, if there is a groundwater stream that comes in contact with this leachate, it is contaminated for use. To avoid the production of this toxic liquid, landfills should be covered with waterproof materials.
The greenhouse effect is defined as, sudden temperature elevations that occur because of unstable weather conditions. When landfills are left open or without the cap (cover to protect the rainwater from seeping in), there can be various harmful gases, such as; methane and carbon dioxide that are produced excessively. When the level of these gases increases, they interfere with the temperatures of the environment making the air warmer. This increase in temperature further makes the ice caps in the polar regions melt, and raises the sea level, disturbing the entire weather clock.
It's high time we understand the dangers that the open and unmaintained landfills pose to our environment. Though landfills are a necessity for garbage disposal, it is important to know how to use them, the right way. So, let's all resolve, to protect our environment.
Find out how you can help by using our recycling services to recycle paper and cardboard.
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