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.
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- 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.
Waste flows in the Victorian commercial & industrial sector