In 2016–17 the amount of Kerbside Garbage, Recyclables and Organics collected by local governments was 2.23 million tonnes (equivalent to 353kg per person).
Of the 2.23 million tonnes collected:
- 1.18 million tonnes of this was Garbage (equivalent to 462kg per household or 186kg per person)
- 591,000 tonnes of this was Recyclables (equivalent to 236kg per household or 93kg per person)
- 463,000 tonnes were Organics (equivalent to 324kg per household or 73kg per person)
The rate of kerbside recyclables and organics diverted from landfill was 46 per cent, an increase of two percentage points from the previous year.
In 2016–17 it cost local government $405 million to provide household kerbside waste collection services (equivalent to $64.07 per person).
Of the $405 million, approximately:
- $260 million was spent on providing a Garbage service (equivalent to $41.17 per person)
- $68 million was spent on providing a Recyclables service (equivalent to $10.71 per person)
- $77 million to provide an Organics service (equivalent to $12.20 per person).
Environmental benefits of kerbside recyclables and organics services
The combined environmental benefits of recyclables and garden organics are estimated to include savings of:
- 8,726 megalitres of water – equivalent to filling 3,491 Olympic-sized swimming pools
- 477,884 tonnes of greenhouse gases (CO2-e) in a year, or equivalent to taking 125,759 cars off the road for an entire year
- 3,747,243 gigajoules of energy – enough to provide power to almost a million Victorian households for a month.
Learn more about the latest household kerbside collection waste data highlights.