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2012–13 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.

2012–13 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 2012–13 report there were:

  • Number of councils reporting – 79 of 79
  • Percentage of total councils – 100%

Kerbside recycling services provided

Container type and collection frequency Metro  Non-metro Total No.
120 L commingled weekly  4  2 6
240 L (containers) fortnightly & tied bundle (paper) monthly  0  1 1
240 L commingled fortnightly  25  45 70
240 L commingled weekly  1  0 1
Crate (containers) weekly & tied bundle (paper) monthly  0  1 1
Total  30  49 79

*Some Councils offer more than one type of kerbside recycling service. This table shows the predominant / default service.

  • Other type of recycling service – 62 councils reported drop-off services.
  • Total premises/households – 2,549,335
    • Residential – 2,334,841
    • Non-residential – 241,494

Households/premises serviced by recycling collection Kerbside Drop-off
Residential 2,227,046 732,593
Non-residential 85,542 58,331
Total 2,312,588 790,924

Annual fee charged for recycling service*

  • Residential
    • $114.80 (average)
    • $77.80 (median)
  • Non-residential
    • $108.21 (average)
    • $83.50 (median)

* Not all councils provided information on this fee.

Annual per-premises cost to council to provide service

  • Residential* – $28.70
  • Non-residential – N/A

* Includes residential and non-residential properties serviced

  • Proportion of households with access to recycling service – 95%
  • Average participation rate – 88%

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, 2012–13)

Item Collected Recycled Residual
Total packaging paper 120,918 94,979 25,939
Total non-packaging paper 235,280 228,956 6,324
Total glass 169,439 168,964 475
Total plastics 51,065 47,838 3,227
Total aluminium 6,482 6,133 349
Total steel 15,998 15,680 319
Total 599,182 562,550 36,632

Table 2: Amounts of materials dropped off, sent for secondary use/energy recovery and contamination (waste) disposed of to landfill (in tonnes, 2012–13)

Item Collected Recycled Residual
Total packaging paper 6,700 6,594 106
Total non-packaging paper 5,215 5,214 1
Total glass 2,873 2,729 144
Total plastics 1,240 1,223 17
Total aluminium 1,140 1,135 5
Total steel 894 889 5
Total 18,061 17,784 277

Previous reporting

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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