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Aggregates, soil and masonry recovery in Victoria

In 2015–16 the amount of aggregates, masonry and soil recovered for reprocessing in Victoria was 4.1 million tonnes. This is an increase of 3 per cent from 2014–15.

Of the total aggregates, masonry and soil recovered in 2015–16 (compared to 2014–15):

  • concrete accounted for 58 per cent and decreased by 37 per cent to 2.37 million tonnes
  • mixed aggregates, masonry and soil waste accounted for 14 per cent and decreased to 554,000 tonnes from 1 million tonnes
  • rock/excavation stone accounted for 11 per cent and decreased by 29 per cent to 471,000 tonnes
  • brick whole/brick rubble accounted for 10 per cent and increased by 30 per cent to 425,000 tonnes
  • asphalt accounted for 4 per cent and decreased by 2 per cent to 158,000 tonnes
  • soil/sand accounted for 2 per cent and increased by 7 per cent to 70,000 tonnes
  • plasterboard accounted for 1 per cent and decreased by 3 per cent to 36,000 tonnes.

Composition of aggregates, masonry and soil material recovered for reprocessing (by weight), Victoria 2015–16

Pie chart from the Victorian Recycling Industry Annual Report 2015-16

In 2015–16, the C&D sector contributed almost 100 per cent of aggregates, masonry and soil for reprocessing, a slight increase from 98 per cent in 2014–15. The remaining 2 percent was equally distributed between the MSW and C&I sectors.

The figure below shows the change in the recovery of aggregates, masonry and soil material over the past 10 years. Incoming material to reprocessors varies from year to year according to available stockpile space in Victoria which, in turn, is impacted by both available feedstock and market demand for processed product. This year's recovery increase is likely attributed to the reprocessing of stockpiled material over previous years and ongoing strength in the construction sector.

Recovered aggregates, masonry and soil waste recovered for reprocessing, Victoria 2006–07 to 2015–16

Graph from the Victorian Recycling Industry Annual Report 2015-16

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