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2011–12 local government kerbside recycling services report


What you can recycle

For information on what you can recycle via your kerbside recycling bin, see the Get It Right on Bin Night website.

2011–12 report on local government kerbside recycling services

Each year, EPA reports on the performance of local government kerbside recycling services in Victoria.

This is done under clause 16 of the Waste Management Policy (Used Packaging Materials).

This information is also reported by other states and territories under the National Environment Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Measure.

Victoria’s reports are based on information that Sustainability Victoria collects from Victorian local governments.

In the 2011–12 report there were:

  • number of councils reporting – 79 of 79
  • percentage of total councils – 100%

Kerbside recycling services provided

Container type and collection frequency Total no.
120 L commingled weekly 7
240 L (containers) fortnightly & tied bundle (paper) monthly 1
240 L commingled fortnightly 69
240 L commingled weekly 1
Crate (containers) weekly & tied bundle (paper) monthly 1
Total 79
  • Other type of recycling service – 57 councils reported drop-off services.
  • Total premises/households – 2,478,244
    • residential – 2,290,642
    • non-residential – 187,603

Households/premises serviced by recycling collection Kerbside Dropoff
Residential 2,184,682 604,667
Non-residential 80,879 45,522
Total 2,265,561 650,189

Annual fee charged for recycling service*

  • Residential
    • $79.36 (average)
    • $60.97 (median)
  • Non-residential
    • $79.78 (average)
    • $57.82 (median)

* Not all councils provided information on this fee.

Annual per-premises cost to council to provide service

  • Residential* – $30.24
  • Non-residential – N/A

* Includes residential and non-residential properties serviced

  • Proportion of households with access to recycling service – 95%
  • Average participation rate – 87%

Amounts of materials collected and recovered or disposed of (in tonnes)

Table 1: Amounts of materials collected at the kerbside, sent for secondary use/energy recovery and contamination (waste) disposed of to landfill (in tonnes, 2011–12)

Item Collected Recycled Residual
Total packaging paper 105,298 98,046 7,253
Total non-packaging paper 283,895 267,970 15,925
Total glass 157,949 144,574 376
Total plastics 49,999 46,776 3,223
Total aluminium 6,661 6,230 430
Total steel 13,662 13,139 523
Total 617,464 576,734 40,729

Table 2: Amounts of materials dropped off, sent for secondary use/energy recovery and contamination (waste) disposed of to landfill (in tonnes, 2011–12)

Item Collected Recycled Residual
Total packaging paper 6,716 6,548 168
Total non-packaging paper 6,065 5,950 115
Total glass 3,161 3,069 92
Total plastics 654 639 16
Total aluminium 211 208 3
Total steel 3,397 3,381 16
Total 20,204 19,794 409

Previous reporting

Note: For annual reporting periods prior to 2011–12, this information was published in the National Environment Protection Council’s (NEPC’s) annual reports. They are available at the NEPC’s website.

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