Data

Data on waste output, diversion from landfill and recycling is critical to the development and implementation of waste policies.

Up to date and consistent data is essential to understanding the current state of waste and recycling in WA as well as plotting performance outcomes from the past and forward projections and trends into the future.  Data on the rates of recovery and disposal of solid waste generated in the Perth Metropolitan area are available at the resources section at the bottom of this page. 

What data is collected?

Waste and recycling data held by the Department of Environment Regulation includes:

  • Solid waste database containing data collected quarterly about metropolitan waste sent to landfill
  • Annual review of recycling activity in Western Australia
  • Annual local government census on waste and recycling. (most recently published report is here)

Waste and recycling trends

The following trends are extracted from data contained in the reports Recycling Activity in Western Australia 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14.and 2014-15.

 
Metropolitan waste diversion from landfill
Diversion from landfill (recycling) Waste to landfill
2010-11 1730118 3106689
2011-12 2035295 2708675
2012-13 2117948 2418069
2013-14 2228140 2719770
2014-15 2292660 2327434

 


Recycling by sector origin - state-wide
Municipal Commercial & Industrial Construction & Demolition
2010-11 561156 431180 1049934
2011-12 521363 763011 1155411
2012-13 587389 803387 1085849
2013-14 559820 834840 1210800
2014-15 530216 824929 1266391

Recycling by material type
C&D Organics Paper & Cardboard Metals Glass Textiles Rubber Plastic
2010-11 764454 483717 244461 487070 26745 5326 16144 14354
2011-12 1050297 495805 233468 600435 23196 3367 23416 9801
2012-13 1180095 460764 221594 564483 23697 3014 11778 11200
2013-14 1239650 370920 237640 681140 34100 3790 25010 13200
2014-15 1314440 387220 225010 608930 47300 3860 18930 16400

 

Drill down on some complex recycled materials 2014-15
Organics 387,219 Paper/Cardboard 225,012 Plastics 16,400 Metals 608,928
Food 12,135 Packaging 171,387 ABS/SAN 200 Alum (non pack.) 19,736
Mixed organics 114,722 Liquid paper 0 EPS 300 Alum pack. 1,372
Garden 131,095 Newsprint 44,987 HDPE 6,000 Non ferrous 28,844
Wood 57,826 Office paper 8,637 L/LLDPE 2,400 Steel (non pack.) 554,852
Other 71,441     PET(1) 3,400 Steel pack. 4,124
        PP (5) 2,500    
        PS (6) 300    
        PU (7) 1,200    
        PVC (3) 100

Click on the columns of the table above to drill down into the details

Related Items

  • HHW Annual Report 14/15 »

    The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program is administered by the WA Local Government Association. Each year a report is produced to outline the quantities and types of hazardous waste collected.

  • Disposal Based Audits of the Commercial & Industrial and Construction & Demolition Waste Streams »

    The Department of Environment and Conservation appointed Waste Audit and Consultancy Services (Aust) Pty Ltd to undertake a series of Disposal Based Audits at selected licensed waste management facilities within the Perth Metropolitan Region. This research aimed to profile the C&I and C&D materials being disposed of to landfill/transfer stations to assist in confirming priorities for solid waste reduction and the diversion of solid waste from landfill disposal.

  • Report for Waste Measurement Model »

    The Department of Environment commissioned research to investigate the conversion of volumetric measurement at inert landfill sites into tonnages. This model is used to convert the measurements in cubic metres from inert landfill (for payment of landfill levy) into the international standard of tonnages so that Western Australia can report on quantities of waste to landfill.

  • Summary Report of Waste to Landfill - Perth Metro Region 1998 - 2002 »

    Provides an analysis of data in order to provide a general guide on total quantity and categorisation of waste landfilled in the Perth Metropolitan Region between July 1998 and June 2002.