Kerbside garbage, recyclables and garden organics collected by local government was 2.23 million tonnes (equivalent to 353kg per person). This figure increased by more than 86,000 tonnes (4 per cent) from 2015–16.
Figure 1 shows the trends in tonnages of materials collected by local government in Victoria since 2001–02.
Recovery of recyclables and garden organics collected from kerbside services has significantly increased since 2001–02 by 65 per cent and 296 per cent respectively, whilst the amount of garbage has remained relatively stable; increasing by only 6 per cent despite a 30 per cent increase in population over the same period.
These increases in material generation are directly attributable to increases in the number of Victorian councils that provide both kerbside recyclable and green organic services.
Figure 1: Tonnes collected for the three main kerbside services, Victoria 2001–02 to 2016–17
In 2016–17 garbage accounted for more than half (53 per cent) of the 2.23 million tonnes of waste collected by local government household kerbside collection services. Garbage still represents the largest component of the waste stream, whilst the amount of recyclables and garden organics collected over the past 12 years has steadily increased relative to garbage.
Figure 2: Composition of waste collected through kerbside services, Victoria 2016–17
Metropolitan local governments (31 of 79) collected most of Victoria’s total municipal waste from kerbside and drop-off facilities, accounting for 1.7 million tonnes (74 per cent). Regional local governments (48 of 79) collected nearly 576,000tonnes (26 per cent).
Figure 3 shows the relative proportion of material collected by metropolitan and non-metropolitan local governments from kerbside and drop-off facilities.
Figure 3: Proportion of waste generation by metro / non-metro local governments, Victoria 2016–17
In 2016–17, the state kerbside diversion rate (incorporating recyclables and garden organics) is 46 per cent, two percentage points higher than the previous year, after remaining relatively stable for the last six years. Figure 4 shows the kerbside diversion rate trends by service type.
Figure 4: Kerbside diversion rate by material collected, Victoria 2001–02 to 2016–17
Figure 5 shows the diversion rate achieved for kerbside waste by each of the state’s seven waste and resource recovery regions. The North Eastern region had the highest diversion rate of 60 per cent, surpassing the state average of 46 per cent.
Barwon South West continued to achieve a diversion rate well above the state average with 54 per cent.
Figure 5: Diversion rate by waste and resource recovery region, Victoria 2016–17