Bin audits are undertaken by state and local governments to gain information about what materials are being discarded in garbage, recycling and organics bins. Conducting audits is a widely used means of measuring materials, mostly by weight but also by volume. The data obtained is invaluable in developing actions and programs to address resource recovery and waste management in an informed manner, and enables a comparison over time.
Sustainability Victoria undertook audits in 2013 to look at food waste, household chemicals and recyclables in detail and the results are provided in the report below. Results are also provided for each of the three categories of materials in separate 'At a glance' summaries.