Trash in the Outback
The dumping of trash in the Western Australian outback is a serious issue that has detrimental effects on the environment and wildlife in the region.
In these far outback regions of the red and dusty landscape, you regularly see burnt out cars and bulky household items dumped without any regard for the environment. Very few recycling centres exist in these far distant areas. The Government tightly controls recycling through their Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) where certain types of bottles, cans, and cartons can receive a 10c refund per container. However, even though containers may have a recycling label on them, many will be rejected if they don’t also have the 10c refund sticker. Coloured bottles, such as green glass wine bottles, are some of the rejected containers.
Mining dominates these outback regions, and although they as companies have their own waste programs, the local pubs are heavily patronised by their workers and the mega quantities of empty beer and wine bottles end up in landfill.