The Answer to Our Current Waste Management Crisis

Fed up with your local municipality not delivering on their mandate? Considering hiring skip bins? You’re not the only one! As one of the basics of a progressive civilisation, the way in which we generate, remove and dispose of our waste says a great deal about who we are as a nation. And although our waste management legislation is aligned with global trends, we are currently in the midst of a serious waste management crisis. Yes, South Africa is drowning in rubbish!

South Africans Don’t Want to Recycle

Did you know that South Africa generates about 59 million tonnes of general waste a year, with nearly 90% disposed of through land filling? Yes, creating waste is easy. It’s so easy that the average person in South Africa generates about 240 kilograms of trash a year. From cigarettes, aluminium cans, plastic bags and nappies, to organic kitchen waste – each day we dump around 0.7 kilograms of waste without a care in the world. But what we don’t see is what is happening to our rubbish.

While there are many problems facing our waste crisis, one of the biggest issues is waste reduction and waste recovery. Over the years, it has become quite apparent that South Africans have no waste culture and are quick to find the quickest way to dispose of it, rather than find the best way. Unfortunately, what many people don’t realise is that not all waste can be disposed of in the same way – while aluminium cans take up to 200 years to break down; plastic foam coffee cups can take up to 50 years to break down and disposable diapers take up to 550 years to breakdown. Interestingly, organic waste is possibly the most dangerous to our environment when it breaks down, which is why it should never be dumped, burned or buried.  A huge contributing factor to our current global warming crisis, when organic waste is sent to a landfill, it rots under anaerobic conditions, increasing airborne disease and producing enormous amounts of methane gas. This is an everyday reality in South Africa.

The Bottom Line

As shocking as the facts may be, what is even more shocking is that we’ve run out of landfill space. That’s right! Of the 1 327 licensed and unlicensed landfill sites, we have about 10 years left. 10 years! The bottom line is that waste should not just be thrown into black bags, dumped, buried and burned. An enormous recipe for disaster that has left us drowning in rubbish and running out of landfill space, we need to turn to a more reliable and sustainable solution, and this is where Star Skips saves the day.

Affordable, Efficient, Flexible and Ethical Customised Services

Catering to the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors, Star Skips has earned a remarkable reputation for being affordable, effective, efficient and ethical. We offer customised services that follow strict recycling and composting methods that are in line with best practices – skip bin hire not only keeps businesses, homes and communities clean, but it also helps people to recycle, bettering our environment. No matter where you are in South Africa, if you’re looking to make a difference to your environment, then contact our team at Star Skips right away.