In 2015–16 the amount of organic waste recovered for reprocessing in Victoria was 1.04 million tonnes. This figure decreased by 1 per cent from 2014–15 but represents the second highest amount of organic material recovered in Victoria since organic waste data collection started.
The recovery rate can be partially attributed to an increased response rate from organics reprocessors to the survey and increased recovery of timber waste for energy generation purposes. Identifying trends in this waste stream is challenging, given the impact of weather conditions on biomass generation (and, hence, organic waste), including drought, rainfall, water-use restrictions and incidence of fire.
Of the total organic waste recovered in 2015–16 (compared to 2014–15):
Composition of organic material recovered for reprocessing (by weight), Victoria 2015–16
In 2015–16, the MSW sector contributed 30 per cent of the total organic waste recovered (down from 42 per cent). The C&I sector contributed 63 per cent (up from 54 per cent) and the C&D contributed 7 per cent (up from 5 per cent).
Source sectors of organic material received for reprocessing (by weight), Victoria 2015–16
Organics recovery, although fluctuating from year to year, is generally trending upwards. Some of the likely reasons for this trend are the introduction of new and upgraded organics facilities, higher demand for recycled organics (RO) compost products and the increased collection of organic residues.
Organics recovered for reprocessing, Victoria 2006–07 to 2015–16
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