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Glass recovery in Victoria

In 2015–16 the amount of glass recovered for reprocessing in Victoria was 173,000 tonnes, a 12 per cent decrease from 2014–15. 

Of the total glass recovered in 2015–16 (compared to 2014–15):

  • mixed glass accounted for 98 per cent of total glass waste, and increased by 1 per cent to 170,000 tonnes
  • container glass accounted for 2 per cent of total glass waste and decreased by 89 per cent to 3,000 tonnes.

Composition of glass material recovered for reprocessing (by weight), Victoria 2015–16

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

In 2015–16, reprocessed glass waste was sourced from MSW (95 per cent) and C&I (5 per cent) streams, with a negligible (<1 per cent) contribution from C&D. MSW's share increased from 85 per cent and C&I's share declined from 15 per cent in 2014–15.

Source sectors of glass received for reprocessing (by weight), Victoria 2015–16

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

The recovery of Glass waste over the past 10 years has consistently fluctuated between 150–200,000 tonnes per annum. After having achieved the second largest amount of reported Glass waste recovery in the last 10 years, the 2015–16 decline of 12 per cent can be attributed to lower amounts of stockpiled glass for recovery. This year's decline is largely attributable to reduction in reported container glass waste.

Recovered glass waste recovered for reprocessing, Victoria 2006–07 to 2015–16

Graph from the Victorian Recycling Industry Annual Report 2015-16

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