Brief – 12 May, 2010 – The Federal Government has released the National Waste Report 2010, detailing a comprehensive national assessment of trends in waste and resource recovery.

The report forms part of the National Waste Policy, agreed by all environment ministers last November, and will help guide future action by the states, territories and the Commonwealth. It will be updated every three years.

Key findings from the National Waste Report 2010 include:

  • 43,777, 000 tonnes of waste was 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 full report can be viewed here