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Where to Find Waste and Recycling Data

Potential sources of waste and recycling data for local governments

Local Governments may provide several different waste collection services. Information about these services may be obtained from a variety of sources depending on the individual operations of each Local Government.  The table below provides a list of potential sources of waste and recycling data.

Waste Data Potential data available Likely source of information
Mixed waste to landfill

Landfill weighbridge dockets/electronic reports

Landfill managers
Contractor dockets/ electronic reports Private contractor – ideally specified in the contract to provide relevant data
Estimate of volumes at landfill if no weighbridge (convert to tonnes using DEC standard conversion factors) A) Size of waste vehicle combined with number of collections – recorded at landfill entrance
B) Survey of landfill space carried out by professional surveyor
Recyclables Collected Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) (or other recycling facility) weighbridge dockets / electronic reports MRF (or other recycling facility) manager
Contractor dockets/ electronic reports Private contractor – ideally specified in the contract to provide relevant data
Estimate of volumes at facility if no weighbridge (convert to tonnes using DEC standard conversion factors)

Size of waste vehicle combined with number of collections – recorded at MRF

Size of container multiplied by number

Hard waste/verge side
collections for junk and/or green waste
 
Weighbridge dockets / electronic reports (from landfill or recycling facility) Landfill manager or recycling facility
manager
contractor dockets/ electronic reports Private contractor – ideally specified in the contract to provide relevant data
Disposal point (e.g. e-waste recycler) Invoices / dockets (may be with accounts)
Permanent public place services Where specific vehicle used for collection: weighbridge dockets / electronic reports (from landfill or recycling facility) Liaise with person responsible for organising collection rounds for public place bins
Can estimate if number of collections per week and size of bins is known Liaise with person responsible for organising collection rounds for public place bins
Drop-off services (at transfer station or depot) Volumes received at „drop-off‟ estimated by vehicle type Recorded at site gatehouse (manually or electronically)
Special events Where specific vehicle used for collection: weighbridge dockets / electronic reports (from landfill or recycling facility) Liaise with person responsible for organising collection rounds for public place bins
Can estimate if number of collections per week and size of bins is known Liaise with person responsible for organising collection rounds for public place bins
Recycled materials Invoices / dockets / electronic reports from recyclers / compost facilities Should be supplied to accounts department. May need to be sourced
again from destination facility
Estimate using MRF data for outgoing material using the proportion of their total material processed from LG MRF Manager for recycling sales data and proportion of total throughput from the LG
Contractor dockets/ electronic reports Private contractor – ideally specified in the contract to provide relevant data
Waste composition data Available if waste audits conducted on household waste and recycling streams Waste officer / Manager at LG
Annual charge of collecting / processing / disposal of domestic material Rates information Accounts department in local government (note: data does not always include volume / weight or classification of the material disposed of)
Service provider invoices Waste collection contractor company
Charges per household Requires dividing total charges by number of dwellings serviced Number of dwellings from rates or electoral information or from the WA Local Government Directory
Commercial premises Estimation from number of commercial entities and number and type of bins provided.

Can be taken as percentage of data obtained for disposal of waste and recyclables if commercial waste collected as part of domestic waste "pick ups‟.

Size of waste vehicle combined with
number of collections

Commercial collection round separate from domestic

Weighbridge dockets / electronic reports (from landfill or recycling facility)

Service provider dockets / electronic reports

Rates information

Commercial premises – cost of providing services Cost of collection may be combined with domestic cost of collection Estimation may be made on number of
commercial entities as % of overall costs
Data from accounts department in local government for charge to commercial premises Estimate tonnages in relation to relative charges to commercial premises
Sustainable purchasing Policies or contractual requirements to purchase products with less environmental impact than other,  competition products Information generally obtained from Administration or Accounts Department of LG. May also be available from Corporate Services
Education programs Number of programs and type of strategies used to educate different sectors of the community

Information generally obtained from Waste Educator or Environmental / Sustainability Services

Landfill Administration may operate an
education centre or provide tours of waste management facilities

Contractor may provide waste education services

Littering and illegal dumping Data on illegal dumping – number
of incidents
Rangers Services generally compile information on illegal dumping
Clean up of littering Clean up events may collect information about quantities of litter collected