Key statistics for 2017–18
In 2017–18, the local government household kerbside waste and resource recovery results were as follows:
- A total of 2.2 million tonnes of garbage, recyclables and organics collected.
- 44% of Victoria’s kerbside waste was diverted from landfill.
- There has been a 62% increase in the amount of recyclables collected from the kerbside since the 2001–02 reporting year.
- Victorian local government authorities spent $432 million on kerbside collection services.
- There are significant environmental benefits from recovering resources and keeping waste out of landfill:
- The 522 thousand tonnes of recyclables sorted in Victoria saves 5 gigalitres of water – the equivalent of nine showers for every person in Victoria.
- The 447,000 tonnes of organics recovered in Victoria reduces carbon dioxide greenhouse gas emissions by 160,000 tonnes – the equivalent of taking 28,000 cars off the road.
Key insights for 2017–18
- The total amount of kerbside waste managed by local councils in Victoria remained relatively stable compared to 2016–17.
- Waste generated per household in Victoria declined by two per cent in 2017–18, largely due to a 1.5% decrease in the total weight of recyclables collected.
- Paper and cardboard continue to make up the highest proportion of waste by weight in Victorian recycling bins at 55%, followed by glass at 33%, plastic at nine per cent and metals at three per cent.
- The costs of kerbside collection services increased across Victoria, with recycling collection services increasing by 20% or $23 per tonne since 2016–17.
- Non-metropolitan regions continue to pay higher costs per tonne and per household despite smaller household yields across all waste streams.
- The kerbside contamination rate for 2017–18 has increased by 3.9% due to a change in the method used for calculation.
About the report
Sustainability Victoria has been producing comprehensive waste data reports since 2000–01. Sustainability Victoria annually surveys local councils about their:
- household garbage collection and disposal
- household commingled recyclables collection and sorting
- household organics collection and processing
- litter bin and litter trap collection and disposal
- litter clean-up services
- street sweeping
- hard waste collection services
- landfill and resource recovery centre/transfer station operations.
These survey results inform the Victorian Local Government Annual Waste Services Report. This report provides information about the amount and costs relating to waste services, with a focus on the three main household kerbside waste services; garbage, recyclables and organics collection.