The plot of the 2008 animated hit, WALL-E, was that Earth had become so overwhelmed by trash in the future that humanity had to abandon the planet. The sad thing is that if we don’t change our attitude to rubbish clearance today, we just might end up with a terrible case of life imitating art.
Rubbish disposal is only part of the solution to the problem. As things stand, trash is practically everywhere where people live and in many places where we do not.
Cities inevitably brim with waste, which is carted off to remote areas for disposal. Careless dumping of rubbish has even resulted in a massive ‘islands’ of floating debris in the remote corners of the oceans, far from our eyes but fatal to many birds and marine lifeforms.
So what do we do? How do we change course from this destructive path? Well, as Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change you want to see.” Change is literally in our hands. What you choose to buy and how often, and where and how you dispose of things that you no longer need, all contribute to our planet’s well-being.
A popular term that describes how we should live is: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
By adopting these three individual practices into our daily lives and into that of our families, we can all contribute our personal and collective efforts to ensuring a better tomorrow for the entire planet. Let’s investigate each of them in a little more detail.
This can be split into two parts – not purchasing more than you need, and only purchasing products that are packaged responsibly.
With the first, understand that we do not really need many of the things we think we cannot live without. Opting to forego them or at least lessening our consumption is important. Discover where you can reduce in your life by going on a month-long spend-fast. Two of the easiest ways are to:- Avoid bottled water. We have access to clean drinking water, which is even better.- Take your own carry bags when you go shopping.
The other part of reduction is choosing products that use reduced packaging material.- Avoid individually-wrapped items like candies and snack bars.- Swap disposable cartridges for electric razors or straight razors.
Reusing focuses on finding options that allow you to reduce waste without foregoing the convenience to which you are accustomed. Some easy ways to incorporate this into your life are:- Opt for wipe cloths instead of paper napkins in the home.- Bring your own reusable containers to your favorite takeaway shop.- Don’t just throw away old clothes – give them to charities or others who can use them.
Reusing items also allows you to cut down on your daily volume of waste and thus reduce your rubbish clearance expenses.
Recycling allows the planet’s finite resources to be used again instead of being discarded during rubbish clearance. It has been a buzzword for decades now but people are still not doing enough. Most neighborhoods have a recycling campaign or initiative in existence. Council rubbish clearance areas almost always have a recyclables skip for paper, plastic, metal and glass beside the regular rubbish skip.
Now, responsible companies like Clearabee rubbish clearance experts are even allowing you to do your bit for the environment without any effort on your part.
The Clearabee concept works with ordinary rubbish removal but is innovative because the company does not simply dump all the rubbish they collect in a landfill. In fact, much of the waste Clearabee collects is diverted away from landfills to be recycled, whenever possible.
This way, you know that even the majority of the rubbish that you threw away in the regular rubbish skip also ended up being recycled, all thanks to Clearabee.
Rubbish Clearance for a Better Future
We would all like to think that future generation will look back on our actions with thankful eyes, in the way we look back on those who have gone before us. But being the change you want to see is not an individual effort; at the very least, it is a family effort.
Get your partner and kids involved. Have a competition to see who can reduce their personal waste the most. Discuss practices like responsible rubbish clearance and companies like Clearabee with them. Have each member to get the word out to their own social circles to create a community who embraces sustainable practices.
The planet is counting on you.