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Paper and cardboard recovery in Victoria

In 2015–16 the amount of paper and cardboard recovered for reprocessing in Victoria was 1.55 million tonnes. This represents a 1 per cent increase over 2014–15. 

Of the total paper and cardboard waste recovered in 2015–16 (compared to 2014–15):

  • cardboard/packaging accounted for 33 per cent, or 515,000 tonnes, an increase of 145 per cent
  • other (mixed paper) accounted for 45 per cent, or 699,000 tonnes, a decrease of 28 per cent
  • newsprint/magazines accounted for 11 per cent, or 162,000 tonnes, an increase of 7 per cent
  • printing and writing paper accounted for 11 per cent, or 174,000 tonnes, a decrease of 10 per cent.

Composition of paper/cardboard waste (by weight) recovered for reprocessing, Victoria 2015–16

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

In 2015–16, C&I sector contributed 85 per cent of the total paper and cardboard recovery for reprocessing (down from 89 per cent). MSW contributed 15 per cent (up from 11 per cent) and less than 1 per cent was reported sourced from C&I.

Source sectors of paper/cardboard received for reprocessing (by weight), Victoria 2014–15

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

Paper/cardboard recovery has been trending upwards since 2006–07, but has remained relatively stable over the past three years. 

Paper/cardboard waste recovered for reprocessing, Victoria 2006–07 to 2015–16

Graph from the Victorian Recycling Industry Annual Report 2015-16

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