Recycling in Australia

Infographic: National Recycling Week 2019

The average Australian generates 540kg of household waste every year which equates to roughly 1.5kg of waste a day. From 2016-2017 Australia accumulated around 67 million tonnes of waste, but sadly only a third of this waste was recycled.

Now those are some pretty scary facts, so here’s the good news! More and more Australians are making efforts to reduce their household waste and recycle their old stuff such as their clothes and phones. We’ve asked over 1000 Aussies about their recycling practices and the results are in, the yellow bins are going out.

One conclusion the survey results suggest is that further education and resources are needed to help the Australian public understand the importance of recycling and the best and different ways everyone can contribute to the national recycling effort. While 14% of Australians just aren’t remembering to recycle, for the 20% of Australians that are just not bothered to recycle or who don’t understand how to recycle properly, further education is the best means of encouraging more and better recycling practises.

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Disclaimer: This survey was conducted by Google Surveys on behalf of Budget Direct in October 2019. All figures are from this research unless stated otherwise. The survey was conducted online with a total sample size of 1,000 weighted and representative of all Australian adults (aged 18+). Auto & General Services Pty Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the data and accepts no liability whatsoever arising from or connected in any way to the use or reliance upon this data.

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