Waste material factsheets

Our investment factsheets use the latest data and market analysis to provide you with an introduction of Victoria’s waste and resource recovery sector and each of the highlighted waste material streams in the Victorian marketplace.

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Sector overview

Victoria, Australia has a world-leading lifestyle, with an advanced, diversified economy that offers up to $5 billion in resource recovery infrastructure opportunities over the next 30 years.

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Mixed waste

Mixed residual waste (MRW) is the vast mix of materials that remain after all source separation or reprocessing activities have been undertaken.

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Paper and cardboard

The range of products that paper fibre can be used in, and its established record of use, means paper fibre is a sufficiently valuable commodity to warrant recovery.

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eWaste

Electronic waste (e-waste) is a fast-growing waste stream in Victoria, reflecting the trend towards shorter-life span products due to faster turn-over of technology, consumer demand for more frequent upgrades and lower consumer prices.

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Glass

Glass can be continuously reprocessed, increasing the likelihood of consistent and growing waste streams and the long-term viability of glass reprocessing infrastructure.

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Organics

The high nutrient and energy content in organic materials can be transformed to generate widespread environmental and economic benefits such as improving soil conditions for the agricultural sector.

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Plastics

Victoria is home to about half of Australia’s plastic reprocessing facilities and recycles a significant proportion of the nation’s recovered plastics.

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Textiles

Textiles are one of the fastest growing waste streams and one of the most recyclable, with over 95 per cent able to be recycled or reused, but just 2 per cent recovered in Victoria.

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Timber

Of the 357,000 tonnes of timber waste generated in 2013-14, 118,000 tonnes (33 per cent) of timber was recovered for reprocessing. There are a number of products produced from recovered untreated timber in Victoria, despite the low recovery rate.

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Tyres

In Victoria, the landfilling of whole tyres is banned, requiring alternative management of this considerable resource. Over 90,000 tonnes of end-of-life tyres and rubber waste was generated in Victoria in 2013-14.

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