26 June 2010

Australia's Waste Report

A lot of useful info, facts and figures...

Reposted in full from Warmer Bulletin, 7 May 2010

'Australia's first comprehensive report on waste and resource recovery has been released - the National Waste Report 2010.

The National Waste Report brings together for the first time a wide range of information on waste management and resource recovery. It draws on a range of published sources, commissioned research and information from states and territories. It is a first step towards establishing baseline data and developing a comprehensive account of waste issues which can be used by industry, government and the community to make informed and timely decisions.

As well as presenting national and state and territory waste data, the report discusses the impacts of landfill, recycling, hazardous waste, organic waste and litter, and describes how Australia managed its waste in the past, the current arrangements, and emerging issues and trends. The report also examines the quality of our data on waste and recycling.

The National Waste Report details trends in waste and resource recovery and is the first step in providing baseline data to inform policy.

Key findings from the National Waste Report 2010 are:

  • 43,777,000 tonnes of waste were generated in Australia in 2006-07
  • Per capita, Australia generated around 2.08 tonnes of waste in 2006-07, of which 1.08 tonnes was recycled
  • The recycling and waste sector is valued at between $7 billion and $11.5 billion
  • In 2006-07, 22,707,000 tonnes or 52 per cent of Australia's waste was recycled. Of this 42 per cent was from the construction and demolition waste stream, 36 per cent was from the commercial and industrial waste stream and 22 per cent was from the municipal waste stream
  • Organic material made up 62 per cent of waste disposed to landfill
  • 99 per cent of households undertake recycling
  • 80 per cent of employees would like to see more recycling in the workplace.
The National Waste Report will be updated every three years.

To download a copy of the National Waste Report 2010, visit the Environment Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC) website.'

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