The biennial 2022 National Waste Report has found that Australians generated almost 3 per cent more waste compared to 2018/19.
- In 2020/21, Australia generated an estimated 75.8 million tonnes (Mt) of waste, equivalent to 2.95 tonnes per person.
- The largest waste categories were building and demolition materials (25.1 Mt), organics (14.4 Mt), ash (12.0 Mt), and hazardous waste (7.4 Mt).
- Recycling and recovery rates were highest for metals (87%), building materials (81%), paper and cardboard (62%), organics (58%) and glass (59%).
National Waste Database 2022
Presented as a flat Excel database, this information is suitable for interrogation through PowerBI or similar tools.
The database presented in a flat Excel format, contains waste data from 2006–07 to 2020–21, a user guide, a list of parameters used, and a register of data revisions made.
National Waste Database 2022 file
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