Each year Sustainability Victoria captures household kerbside and industry waste data. This helps us understand the performance of our recycling system as well as industry and household trends and opportunities. We use this information to improve our processes and infrastructure to transform our recycling sector into one we can rely on.
The breadth and quality of our data and our capacity to predict and monitor Victoria’s waste is improving. Through Recycling Victoria, the Victorian Government is investing $7 million to modernise our waste data over the next four years.
Obtaining high quality data is an important piece of our transition to a circular, climate resilient economy.
With transparent and holistic data, the Victorian Government will have more opportunities to monitor progress and use insights to inform impactful decision-making in:
We have just released two annual reports with key insights into how waste was managed in Victoria in the 2018–19 financial year.
We acknowledge the contributions of councils and the recycling sector to these: thank you for your input.
The recycling process begins at home – when you place items in the correct recycling bins. Data from all 79 municipalities in Victoria shows there have been significant environmental benefits from sorting correctly at home:
More insights and the full local government report are available online.
There’s still more work to be done to improve recycling outcomes. Our data shows the opportunities we have and the impact we can make when we rethink our way of doing things – what we choose to make, buy, use and recycle.
What you do at home makes a difference, so get to know what you can and can’t put into your recycling bin. Our online tool will tell you if an item can go in your recycling bin – or if it needs special attention.
By reducing waste to landfill, we also reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to Victoria’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
This report captures how all of Victoria’s waste – from construction and demolition activity, commercial and industrial businesses and household collections – is managed, recovered for reprocessing, exported for reprocessing or disposed to landfill. We know:
To meet this challenge, we are prioritising plastics along with paper and cardboard, glass and rubber in several upcoming grants and programs for government and industry aimed at:
More insights and the full industry report are available online.
Recycling Victoria’s expansion of Victoria’s waste data systems will include:
Recycling Victoria is a 10-year plan that will improve material recycling, cut pollution and boost economic growth and jobs. Read more about the policy.