Integrated Waste Services: How Much Waste Does Australia Produce?
Integrated Waste Services: when you put your rubbish and recycling out for collection each week you my often wonder will your waste actually fit inside your bin! This got Mr Waster thinking – how much waste is produced by the average Australian every year?
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Integrated waste services – can it reduce the amount of waste going to landfill in Australia?
Common perception is that as a society – we are producing more and more rubbish as time passes and the economy grows (hence we consume more).
The CoolAustralia.org website provides some interesting facts on waste volumes in Australia. We quote from the article below:
“Every year the average Australian family produces enough rubbish to fill a three-bedroom house, producing about 2.25 kg of waste each per day.”
“Worldwide, nearly 3 millions tonnes of plastic are used to bottle water every year.” See our blog on the problem of plastic in our oceans in national resource recovery.
“Overall Australians threw away $2.9 billion of fresh food, $630 million of uneaten take-away food, $876 million of leftovers, $596 million of unfinished drinks and $241 million of frozen food, a total of $5.3 billion on all forms of food in 2004. This represents more than 13 times the $386 million donated by Australian households to overseas aid agencies in 2003.” See our blog on food waste disposal.
“Australians produce an estimated 140,000 tonnes of e-waste each year but only about 4% is recycled.”
“Australia is one of the highest producers of waste per head of population in the world. In 1999, Australia ranked second, behind the USA, in terms of domestic waste generation.”
“It is estimated that over 13,000 pieces of plastic litter are floating on every square kilometre of ocean surface.”
Greenpeace also produced an interesting series of photos – showing how much rubbish average Australian families produce each week. The images make pretty bizarre viewing.
“7 Days of Garbage is a series of portraits of friends, neighbors, and other acquaintances with the garbage they accumulate in the course of a week. Subjects are photographed surrounded by their trash in a setting that is part nest, part archeological record. We’ve made our bed and in it we lie.”
Author: Mr Waster