Finding innovative ways to recycle and upcycle various materials is becoming more and more crucial as Australia’s waste production rises year after year. Even while recycling is receiving more attention, there is still much to be done to account for the significant amount of waste we are producing.

The way we dispose of waste materials and the growing popularity of recycling, reusing, and upcycling can be shown by numbers. This blog will provide a comprehensive overview of waste disposal and recycling in NSW so that we may better comprehend the enormous potential for creative reuse. Below are the statistics:

  • 86% of NSW households have access to a council kerbside recycling service in 2019–20.
  • The overall amount of kerbside organics collected in 2019–20 was 621,616 tonnes, up about 12,000 tonnes from the previous year. This included 215,899 tonnes of food and garden organics and 405,717 tonnes of garden organics. Additionally, drop-off (125,873 tonnes) and clean-up collections provided organic materials (17,695 tonnes).
  • The overall recycling rate (the amount of garbage recycled divided by the amount of waste produced) in 2019–20 was 64%, which avoided 14 million tonnes of rubbish from the landfill. Since 2015, recycling has mostly stayed stable.
  • The majority of garbage produced and waste recycled in 2019–20 came from the construction and demolition (C&D) waste stream: 9.6 million tonnes of the 12.5 million tonnes of C&D garbage that were produced were recycled.
  • In six years, NSW saw a 43% drop in litter volume and a 19% drop in the number of littered objects.
  • The amount of garbage produced yearly in NSW is anticipated to increase over the next 20 years, rising from 21 million tonnes in 2021 to almost 34 million tonnes by 2041.


Waste and recycling facts

NSW Government plan for sustainability

  • In an effort to move towards a circular economy, NSW has also signed on to a deal that forbids the export of unprocessed plastic, paper, glass, and tyres, increasing the requirement for suitable infrastructure and processing on land.
  • The National Waste Policy’s aims and measures will be carried out by the NSW Government as part of its commitment to the state’s transition to a circular economy.
  • A 20-year plan for reducing waste and altering how the NSW economy produces, consumes, and recycles goods and materials is laid out in the NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041. A significant element of this and addressing each stage of the plastics life cycle is the vision and initiatives in the NSW Plastics Action Plan.
  • A new state goal to reduce litter items by 60% by 2030 has been announced after the Premier’s Priority Target to reduce litter by 40% by 2020 was met. NSW will also track both terrestrial and marine trash using new, more reliable measurement technologies.


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