In the past decade, recycling has become an increasingly accepted practice. In fact, in March 2006, almost all households (99 percent) recycled or reused their products at home. That’s a big jump from the 91 percent of Australian households who recycled ten years earlier.
We’re recycling nearly all types of materials thanks to local kerbside recycling schemes, which nearly 90 percent of Australian households have access to.
Paper products (including cardboard and newspaper) are the most commonly recycled items, with 97 percent of Australian households recycling these. Glass and plastic bottles are next in line.
Electronic waste (e-waste) is one of the fastest growing types of waste. Last year, Australian bought over 50 million new televisions, computers, mobile phones, cameras and other electronic appliances.
Despite this, we’re only recycling a small number of these. As we buy more electronic products, the stockpile of used and obsolete products grows or just ends up in landfill.
In Victoria in 2006-2007, a record 62 percent of all solid waste was recycled. This reduced the amount of waste sent to landfill by almost 4 percent. A great result.