Our relationships with our rubbish and waste matter are complex and evolving. As human beings living within differing communities, countries and cultures, we are all at various stages on the waste management spectrum. In the ghettos of India, for example, the denizens of these waste lands utilise every spec of material stuff for their lives and lifestyles. There is no such thing as waste in these places. In more moderately wealthy villages and cities in parts of Asia, you will find garbage strewn about with no visible plan for its management. In very wealthy suburbs in Asian cities there are clean streets and reasonably tidy bins, as there are in the majority of urban locales in the west.
Asian Consumption at Odds with Australian Recycling
When Asians emigrate to countries like Australia, many of them are unfamiliar with the recycling practices of the council-run communities that they may move into. Thus, you get yellow lidded recycling bins being filled with general rubbish by these newly arrived residents. They may come from a culture, which has no experience with urban waste management. Well, like many new kids on the block they are faced with many new things to learn. Waste management is big business in the twenty first century, meaning that there is a lot of money in dealing with people’s crap.
We all know that there is far too much packaging in our lives. Which means, that it is the recycling bin that collects more stuff than any other bin. Education and training are vital if new Australians are to get with the program and abide by their responsibilities within their residential communities. Household rubbish removal has rules and guidelines like every other part of our lives, when we live in modern societies.
This is why PR and educational programs are so important to industries like waste management. The fact of the matter is, that it requires a great deal of repetition and saying the same things in a variety of ways to get the message across. Whether the audience is Asian or African, Anglo-Saxon or something else again, the message about recycling needs to be continually put to the fore. Everywhere we, as Australians look, we should see creative reminders about the importance of recycling. At some point in time the penny drops for most people, but the message must always be expressed throughout the community on all platforms and channels.