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 Water and Environmental 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
A series of summary fact sheets provide a useful snapshot of key aspects of waste data.
|Diversion from landfill (recycling)||Waste to landfill|
|Municipal||Commercial & Industrial||Construction & Demolition|
|C&D||Organics||Paper & Cardboard||Metals||Glass||Textiles||Rubber||Plastic|
|Kilos diverted||Kilos landfilled|
|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|
|Wood||57,826||Office paper||8,637||L/LLDPE||2,400||Steel (non pack.)||554,852|
Click on the columns of the table above to drill down into the details
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.
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.
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.
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.