Australian Waste Stats
Australia is one of the highest waste producers in the world, recently ranked in the top five waste producing nations, on a per person basis.
We produce over 18 million tonnes of waste per year—the equivalent of three million garbage trucks full of compacted rubbish. Each Australian family contributes enough rubbish each year to fill a three-bedroom house from floor to ceiling.
The new Australian National Waste Policy (2011) identifies six key areas for the business and residential community – the first being Taking responsibility.
- From the 18 millions tonnes of waste produced each year in Australia, approximately 7 million tonnes of that waste is from the household sector.
- Over 100,000 birds, whales, seals and turtles worldwide are killed by plastic rubbish every year.
- The Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO) calculates the energy required to make aluminium cans from virgin resources is 206MG/Kg. In contrast, the energy required to recycle aluminium cans is 14mj/kg, resulting in a net energy saving of approx 90%.
- Australians use enough plastic bags per year that if these were tied together they would stretch around the world 24 times.