Victorian Local Government Annual Waste Services Report 2017–18

Household kerbside collection services key findings

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

In 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.

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Victorian Local Government Annual Waste Services Report 2017–18

The Victorian Local Government Annual Waste Services Report outlines the tonnages, costs, trends and diversion rates for council waste services.

Victorian Local Government Annual Waste Services Workbook 2017–18

The workbook provides access to the data including the tonnages, costs, trends and diversion rates for council waste services.