Up to date and consistent data is essential to understanding the current state of waste and recycling in WA. Historical data also allows current performance to be plotted against historical performance. Data on the rates of recovery and disposal of solid waste generated in Western Australia 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 - contains quarterly data on metropolitan waste sent to landfill
- Annual review of recycling activity in Western Australia - an annual snapshot of recycling activity, resource recovery rates and performance against Waste Strategy targets
- Annual local government census on waste and recycling - an annual snapshot of local government waste services, waste generation and recycling.
Waste and recycling trends
A series of summary data fact sheets provide a useful comparison of historical snapshot of key aspects of waste and recycling performancedata. The data that support these fact sheets are also available for download.
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.