Waste flows in the Victorian commercial and industrial sector

Waste flows in the Victorian commercial & industrial sector contains detailed data on the waste stream at commercial and industrial (C&I) businesses in Victoria in a form that is suitable for evidenced-based decision making.

The findings from this report can be used by the Victorian government and industry to develop policies and program tools that will realise the potential in this sector for improved material efficiency. This in turn will result in savings to industry, reduced waste generation, improved recovery and recycling performance, and reductions in flows of waste to landfill.

The report was commissioned by Sustainability Victoria and carried out by Sustainable Resource Use.

Key findings

  • The significant variation of waste generation across the C&I sector
  • The large variations in the quantities generated of different materials and the respective diversion rates
  •  Food organics is the most significant material in the C&I waste stream that is disposed to landfill
  • The significant quantities of packaging across many industry divisions
  • The wide variation between those businesses who have strong control over their waste and a comprehensive approach to resource use, and those with no attention to this area
  • The average waste generation per employee across all industry sectors studied is 1.6 tonnes/EFTE.yr
  • The high waste generation divisions are: manufacturing, retail trade and accommodation and food services which together account for more than half of all C&I waste generated by the targeted C&I divisions.
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Waste flows in the Victorian commercial & industrial sector