Victorian Local Government Annual Waste Services Report 2018–19

Last updated: 26 July 2021

Key statistics

In 2018–19, the local government household kerbside waste and resource recovery results were as follows:

  • A total of 2.2 million tonnes of garbage, recyclables and garden organics collected.
  • 43% of Victoria’s kerbside waste was diverted from landfill.
  • There has been a 57% increase in the amount of recyclables collected from the kerbside since the 2001–02 reporting year.
  • Victorian local government authorities spent $488 million on kerbside collection services.
  • There are significant environmental benefits from recovering resources and keeping waste out of landfill:
    • 506 thousand tonnes of recyclables sorted in Victoria saved 5 gigalitres of water – the equivalent of eight showers for every person in Victoria.
    • 443,000 tonnes of garden organics recovered in Victoria reduced carbon dioxide greenhouse gas emissions by 102,000 tonnes – the equivalent of taking 27,000 cars off the road.

Key insights

  • 79 Victorian local governments spent $488 million on the provision of kerbside collection services for garbage, recyclables and organics to 2.64 million properties and collected 2.2 million tonnes in these services.
  • The cost to councils of providing a kerbside service increased by 13.6% compared with 2017–18. The largest increase is attributed to recyclables, where the cost of the service rose by 48.9% or $39.7 million dollars across the state. This is likely to be associated with the changing market value of kerbside recyclable materials.
  • 57 Victorian local governments (72%) employed a 3-bin system during 2018–19.
  • The average contamination rate in kerbside recycling bins was 10.5%
  • Garbage accounted for 54% of the total tonnes collected and remained unchanged from the previous year.
  • The amount of recyclables and garden organics collected decreased by 3% and 1.2% respectively since 2017–18.
  • A total of 2.6 million properties were serviced by kerbside garbage collections, while 59% of these households also received a kerbside garden organics service.
  • 43% of kerbside waste was diverted from landfill, down one percentage point since 2017–18.

About the report

Sustainability Victoria has been producing comprehensive waste data reports since 2001–02. Sustainability Victoria annually surveys local councils about their:

  • household garbage collection and disposal
  • household commingled recyclables collection and sorting
  • household organics collection and processing
  • litter bin and litter trap collection and disposal
  • litter clean-up services including illegally dumped rubbish and roadside litter
  • street sweeping costs
  • hard waste collection services
  • a count of landfill and resource recovery centres / transfer station operations.

These survey results inform the Victorian Local Government Annual Waste Services Report. This report provides information about the amount and costs relating to waste services, with a focus on the three main household kerbside waste services; garbage, recyclables and organics collection.


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