Victorian statewide garbage bin audits

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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.

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Victorian Statewide Garbage Bin Audit 2013

Bins from 200 households from eight different councils were audited to help us develop relevant strategies to improve sustainability.

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Victorian Statewide Garbage Bin Audit – Food waste

We commissioned audits of household garbage bins in 2013 to analyse a number of items in detail, including food.

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Victorian Statewide Garbage Bin Audit – Household chemicals

An audit of 1600 household bins revealed five main types of chemical waste: alkaline batteries, car batteries, paint, pharmaceuticals and aerosol cans.

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Victorian Statewide Garbage Bin Audit – Recyclables

A tenth of what we put in our household garbage bins could be recycled, reducing landfill and preserving resources.

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Guidelines for Auditing Kerbside Waste

A guide for councils and their contractors to help plan and carry out physical audits of household garbage, recyclables and organics collection services.