Did you know?
- The amount of ash waste (mostly from coal-fired power stations) generated in Australia each year is “about the same as all household waste landfilled and recycled.”
- 47% of the generated ash (5.9 million tonnes in 2018-2019) was recycled – primarily as a substitute material in the mining and construction industries. Non-Recycled material was placed in on-site ash dams.
- 47% recycling of coal ash is much lower than the global average. Japan recycles 97%, China 70% and the UK 70%.
- If we allow incineration of mixed waste to increase (commonly referred to as Waste to Energy) we will have more ash to recycle or dispose of? Not to mention the air pollution.
- "About 80kt of tyre dust was left on our roads. Much of this would be washed into the ocean.”
- Significant opportunities remain to improve the recovery of organic.? Of the 4.43million tonnes of non-hazardous food waste, about 3.76 million tonnes (85%) was deposited in landfill.
Are you curious to know about other wastes in the whole Australian economy?
Here is a summary of the ‘material flows’ and you can find out more by reading the Report: https://www.environment.gov.au/protection/waste/national-waste-reports/2020
|MATERIAL||PER CAPITA IN 2018-2019||% RECYCLED||% RECYCLED CONTENT||NOTES|
|Ash||490kg||47%||-||From coal-fired power stations = domestic waste|
|Glass||46kg||59%||27%||90% was used for packaging|
|Hazardous||300kg||24%||-||Contaminated soils, asbestos. Some soil is treated|
|Masonry||909kg||82%||-||Bricks, concrete etc - largely turned into road base|
|Metals||223kg||90%||37%||WINNERS! 86% steel, 8% aluminium, 6% others|
|Organics||593kg||60%||-||Manures, bagasse, mill mud, food organics (just 10%); compost, mulch, bio-solids applied to land|
|Paper + Cardboard||235kg||60%||52%||More than half goes into packaging, then office paper, newsprint (less each year), tissues etc|
|Plastic||101kg||13%||4%||One third used in items used for less than 1 year|
|Textiles||31kg||7%||-||Clothing, carpets, furniture coverings, rags etc. recycled textiles mostly exported|
|Tyres||18kg||30%||5%||Most whole end of life tyres will be subject to new waste export bans|
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