February 6, 2019
Waste generation has topped 10 million tonnes in Queensland for the first time, with a new report calling for urgent action on the ailing system.
This report provides a snapshot of how waste and recyclables were managed, recovered and disposed of in 2017–18 financial year.
It also details a 37% increase in the amount of waste being transported into Queensland for disposal.
The Recycling and Waste in Queensland 2018 report shows Queensland generated nearly 11 million tonnes of waste in 2017-18, an increase of 1.1 million tonnes compared to the previous year.
Despite the overall increase in landfill usage, a state-wide improvement in recycling rates was recorded.
In 2017-18, Queenslanders increased their recycling effort for household and business wastes by 580,000 tonnes, resulting in close to 5 million tonnes of materials being diverted from landfill.
45.4% of the waste generated was being recycled, up just 0.9% from 2016-2017.
The full report can be found here