Waste Statistics of Australia (2018-2019)

This information was released by the Australian government on 6/11/2020. Statistical data for 2020-2021 has yet to be released but it would surely be skewed because of the COVID-19 pandemic that started last year. A lot of industries stopped their operations thereby leading to a reduction of waste. 2018-2019 data is therefore more accurate in representing the RUBBISH TRENDS in Australia in the past several years.

Rubbish Removal Industry Statistics

  1. 36,000 individuals worked in the garbage collection, treatment and rubbish removal industry. This is an increase by 5,000 persons comparing to years 2016-2017.
  2. Total income of workers in the waste services industry was $3,161 million.
  3. The waste services industry contributed $4,866 million to the economy.
  4. Australian households contributed 12.4 million tonnes or 16.3% to the total waste produced.
  5. Plastic waste produced amounted to 2.5 million tonnes and out of this, only 9% (227,000 tonnes) was recycled while a humungous 2.1 million tonnes (84%) ended up in landfills.
  6. A total of 15.3 million tonnes of organic waste was generated from 2018-2019. Nearly half of this, or 45%, was sent to landfill and only 42% was recycled.
  7. The biggest source of organic waste came from households because they produced 6.4 million tonnes or 42% of the 15.3 million tonnes total.
  8. A total of 15.3 million tonnes of organic waste was generated from 2018-2019. Nearly half of this, or 45%, was sent to landfill and only 42% was recycled.
  9. The biggest source of organic waste came from households because they produced 6.4 million tonnes or 42% of the 15.3 million tonnes total.
  10. Australians produced 8 million tonnes of hazardous waste from 2018-2019, comprising 11% of total waste.
  11. 8 million tonnes of hazardous waste represents a 2% increase from just comprising 9% of total waste in 2016-2017.
  12. Building materials comprised 48% of the total waste that was set for recycling. This amounted to 18.5 million tonnes.
  13. Metals represented 59% of all waste that was exported. This is equal to 18.5 million tonnes.
  14. Six percent of the total waste produced by Australians (4.4 million tonnes) was exported to other countries.
  15. The total expenses for waste collection, treatment, and diposal was estimated to have reached $ 16.9 million.
  16. There has been a 22% increase of construction waste compared to 2016-2017.
  17. Coal-fired power stations produced 10.5 million tonnes of ash waste. This huge numer represents 84% of all ash waste produced in Australia.
  18. Households produced 1.2 million tonnes or 72% of all glass waste.
  19. Households generated almost 90% of all textile waste (247,000 tonnes).
  20. Households are the source of about 40% of electronic waste such as appliances or gadgets. Half of the e-waste was able to be recycled.
  21. Regarding where the waste in rubbish bins are directed, it’s quite basic — in many occurrences, it goes straight into landfill. An enormous part of that — about 6.7 million tons — is natural waste like food and garden rubbish, which makes methane-rich ozone depleting substances as it decays.
  22. Just around 2% of our waste is changed over to energy, a much lower rate than some European nations.
  23. It’s assessed around 130,000 tons of Australian plastic winds up in streams and seas every year. The three principle ways it winds up there, as per WWF, are littering, items like moist disposable clothes being flushed and plastic taking off from landfill handling.
  24. By and large, Australians utilize 130 kg of plastic for every individual every year. Just 9% of that is reused. Really startling still, as much as 130,000 tons of plastic will discover its way into our streams and into the sea.
  25. In Australia alone, more than 5 million tons of food winds up in landfill consistently. That is sufficient to fill 9,000 Olympic pools, or it is generally 140kg per individual, or 345kg per family unit.
  26. The Australian government gauges we squander around $20 billion in food every year. For the regular family unit in New South Wales, this compares to about $1,036 each year. This is the month to month spending plan for the normal family unit.
  27. Young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 and families with small kids are the top squanderers of food.
  28. The families that have the higher possibility of squandering foods are the ones that have incomes greater than $100,000.
  29. The hotel and dining businesses are likewise blameworthy of creating a colossal measure of food squander. Around 5% of all food that is cooked in the restaurant industry is thrown in bins because they get spoiled. A mind blowing 65% of all hotel food is wasted during the preparation phase.
  30. The grocery industry is additionally a huge source of food squander. Between 20-40% of crops are rejected by supermarkets because for them, these do not look pretty.
  31. Rubbish from wasted food is answerable for around 8% of worldwide ozone depleting gases. This is because decaying foods that get stocked in landfills produce methane.
  32. At the point when we toss out food, we are additionally squandering the water, fuel and other limited assets it took to get the produce from the farmland to your house.
  33. If we don’t roll out any improvements soon, food squander is set to increment by 33% in the following decade.
  34. To place in context how dire the worldwide issue of food waste is, global hunger can possibly be addressed with $US30 billion. Meanwhile, a singular country, by itself, can waste more than thrice that amount – $US100 billion in just one year!
  35. The amount of water used in a 1.5 hour long shower is the same amount required to make just one burger.
  36. Twenty billion dollars are stolen from the economy each year due to food waste.
  37. A single person wastes approximately 300kg of food every year.
  38. Greater than 5% of greenhouse gases produced in Australia is generated by methane from wasted food.
  39. Food-based rubbish contributes to 8% of global release of greenhouse gases. Combining all food rubbish in the world, this would come in at 3rd position after USA and China, for releasing staggering amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
  40. In 2016-17 Australia generated around 6.3 million tons of dangerous waste, and this is expanding at a pace of roughly 9% per year.
  41. Australian families annually discard a staggering amount of 2.5 million tonnes of food – that compares to almost 300 kilograms wasted by each individual!
  42. In Australia, 7.3 million tonnes of food is lost or squandered every year – that’s enough to fill 13,000 Olympic sized swimming pools. Just to give you an idea, an olympic sized pool measures 50 metres long, 25 metres wide, and a minimum of 2 metres deep.
  43. As much as 25% of grown vegetables do not reach the dining table because even at the farm level, they already get rejected. Supermarkets do not purchase vegetables that have unaesthetic characteristics even if they contain the same amount of nutrients.
  44. Potatoes and bananas are the most discarded crops. In Australia, around 37,000 tons of bananas are disposed of plantations each year.
  45. 1,460 gigalitres of water is utilized yearly to develop Australian produce that is tossed out anyway. To grasp the immensity of this issue, consider that 1460 gigalitres is equal to 1,460,000 megalitres. In turn, 1 megalitre is equal to 1 million litres!
  46. For an orange tree to bear one single fruit, fifty litres of water have to be used.
  47. In Australia, squandered food is thought to lead to greater than $20 billion of economic loss every year.
  48. Australian farmers bear the brunt of $2.84 billion loss of income due to wasted food.
  49. 33% of all food delivered for human utilization (1.3 billion tons) is being lost or squandered, while one of every nine individuals (690 million) go hungry.
  50. The FAO assesses that in 2019, 2 billion individuals all over the world didn’t get quality food. Consider that Australia’s total population is just 25.36 million so this means that there are 78 times more people eating poorly than there are Australians.
  51. If all the food that was squandered on earth were to form a country, it would be the third-biggest producer of ozone harming substances, after the highly-industrialized countries of USA and China. This is how serious food wastage is.
  52. Of all the world’s land that is used to produce food, 30% of this generates food that is simply wasted.
  53. Every year, nearly half (45%) of the earth’s fruits and vegetables are wasted.
  54. In industrialized nations like Australia, over 40% of food wastage occurs at retail and shopper levels.
  55. Total food sources can feed every person in the world but every night, 8.9% of the world’s population or 690 million people go to bed hungry.
  56. According to the Food Sustainability Index 2017, Australia has the highest food waste generation per capita at 102kg . Greece and China had the most minimal at just 44kg per individual.
  57. Perilous waste incorporates items like engine oil, brake liquid, lamp oil, mineral turpentine, pesticides, herbicides, batteries, smaller fluorescent lights (CFLs), broiler cleaners and pool synthetic substances. A portion of these items can cause fire even at at moderately low temperatures, or respond with air, water or different substances, and detonate or produce poisonous fumes.
  58. Perilous waste incorporates items like engine oil, lamp oil, insecticides, car batteries, and broiler cleaners. A portion of these items can cause fire even at at moderately low temperatures.
  59. Australia has a blended record on waste and reusing. On one end we have increased our rate of recycling from 7% in 1996 to 58 percent in 2016/17. But our waste policies lack power when compared to Europe and are not potent enough to reach the national government’s targets (which are also weak targets).
  60. In 1996, Australia put 21 million tonnes of waste into landfills. In 2019, we are landfilling greater than 21 million tonnes of rubbish.

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