Monday, 28 September 2020
More time at home, more takeout food, shopping online, and panic buying groceries has lead to a marked increase in domestic waste levels
The Coronavirus pandemic has made Australians spend more time at home, order more takeout food, shop mostly online, and panic buy groceries.
All of these factors combined have led to a 20% increase in domestic waste levels, which generally only occurs during the Christmas season.
According to the Australian Council of Recycling, it is normal for changes in society to reflect in recycling rates.
Normally, such a sharp increase would have occurred due to Christmas shopping and gift swapping, but now, single-use items like masks and takeaway containers are the leading causes behind high domestic waste levels.
In the past few months, purchasing habits have changed, and people have been placing more online orders, which come with bubble wrap and excess cardboard packaging.
Even when purchasing habits didn’t change, many people still spent lockdown decluttering and doing spring cleaning, which, again, has led to more waste.
The only good news seems to come from the business sector, which has been generating less waste because many stores, restaurants, and offices have had to shut down temporarily.
The pandemic has led to a spike in domestic waste levels in Australia