The Victorian Annual Survey of Recycling Industries 2010-11 appears to be the latest available and indicates some interesting facts about recycling. Where does the waste come from?
- Construction and demolition waste 52%
- Metal waste 17%
- Paper waste 15%
- Organic waste 11%
- Glass, plastic, rubber & textile 5%
83% of the material received for reprocessing during the 2010-11 financial year was sourced from industry, and of that 50% was from the rapidly increasing construction and demolition sector. 33% of the material came from commercial and industrial operations. Waste, primarily sourced from kerbside collections, from the municipal sector represented only 17%.
Victoria’s current reprocessing capacity is predominantly local, with 90% of recovered material remaining in the State. This material is converted into new products by Victorian re-processors. This can in part, be attributed to improved capacities of local reprocessing facilities, as well as closer collaborations between the collectors, processors and traders of commercial waste.
The reduction of greenhouse gases has been of major concern to governments around the world. The recycling industry makes a substantial contribution to the cutting of greenhouse gas emissions, at the same time delivering significant energy and water savings, whilst conserving non-renewable virgin resources.
The environmental benefits from reprocessing all material recovered in 2010-11 according to life cycle analysis (LCA)* modelling shows:
- A saving of almost 93 million gigajoules of energy
- Prevention of more than 5 million tonnes of greenhouse gases being emitted into the atmosphere (equivalent to taking 817,000 cars off the road)
- A saving of more than 61,000 megalitres of water (enough to fill more than 24,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools).
Kartaway, are leaders in waste management and are committed to sound environmental practices. They operate a public Recycling Depot at 32 Kirkdale Road, East Brunswick. Contact Kartaway on 1300 362 362 to discuss a waste management plan for your organisation.
* RMIT University, Centre for Design, Life Cycle Impact Data for Resource Recovery from C&I and C&D Waste in Victoria, September 2005