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Watch Out for These 5 Recycling and Waste Management Trends in 2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018 | Comments (0)

There’s no doubt that efforts towards recycling waste are picking up momentum. In 2017, we saw a surge of investments into putting trash to good use, or at the very least, manage its disposal in a smarter manner, especially in Australia. Just a few years ago, this waste would have been left rot in landfills or, worse, thrown into the sea.

With a new year upon us, what can we see and expect in the recycling and waste management industry in 2018? Read on and find out.

1.     Automation

The modern practice of recycling garbage has been around for decades, making it high time for certain waste management techniques and practices to evolve thanks to the rise of automation technology. We expect to see continued investment in technologies that automate several processes involved in recycling waste.

2.     Food Waste Will Receive More Attention This Year 

Much of the focus in recycling has, for good reason, been directed at reducing waste materials like plastics, which have always been difficult recycle. In fact, we saw great strides in the field of research surrounding biodegradable and so-called eco-friendly plastic.

In 2018, however, the recycling industry will finally turn its attention to another alarming and completely unnecessary source of waste—food.

The good news is that governments all over the world have already taken action. France has already banned supermarkets from throwing away food waste. Organizations in Australia have also teamed up in a two-pronged waste management campaign that lets people trade in their unused electronic devices in exchange for food coupons that will feed homeless families using food rescued from households and restaurants.

3.     Landfills Will be Slowly Phased Out

Ever felt bothered by the presence of smelly and filthy landfills? The good news is that organizations around the world are finally taking action to phase out this outdated model of waste management. Last year, the International Solid Waste Association began setting examples of how to close landfills sustainably.  Several dumpsites around the world have already been shut down as a result of this initiative, and the ISWA has made it clear that it will continue doing so in 2018. 

4.     More Focus Will Be Placed on Addressing Aquatic Waste 

The term “aquatic waste” here does not refer to waste products produced by the creatures that live beneath the world’s oceans. It’s the trash people have thrown in the waters surrounding the cities.

Again, the ISWA is taking the lead by funding a worldwide task force charged with addressing the huge amount of garbage floating around our oceans and killing marine wildlife by the thousands every day.

5.     Recycling Will Find Its Way to More Residences

If you found it difficult to begin recycling your own trash at home, then you need not fret. More and more supermarkets and establishments are encouraging the use of recycling bags that let people segregate their trash more effectively. If you’ve always found it difficult to separate the recyclables from the trash, the use of these recycling bags will simplify this process for you considerably.

We expect 2018 to be an exciting year, not just for business, but also for the recycling industry and the world in general. If your business would like to embrace this wave of eco-friendliness and sustainability, our custom packaging solutions are just what you need. Smartbag provides a wide range of white and brown Kraft paper bags, reusable fabric bags, and reusable shopping bags.

Contact the Smartbag team to learn more. 

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