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Waste Data

​​​​​​​The EP​A gathers and collates a range of waste and recycling data, which is provided to the Australian Government for integration into the national waste reporting system.

This data is incorporated into such reports as the biennial National Waste Report, the Hazardous Waste in Australia Report, the National Environment Protection Councils Annual Report and the annual Basel Convention Report.

EPA collects data on an an​nual basis from landfill operators, composting facilities and by surveying Tasmanian waste producers and recycling facilities.

Work is currently underway to develop a national standard for data and reporting, in which all states and territories will be engaged for input.

The following provides a brief summary of the key waste data collected by EPA.

Waste Generation and ​Recovery

Data trends show that rates of recycling and composting have both increased, resulting in an increase in the total recovery rates. Factors contributing to these trends are likely to include:

  • improved data collection and reporting for recycling​​ and composting in Tasmania
  • actual increased rates of recycling and composting in Tasmania

Table 1.   Waste generation (tonnes) and recovery rates over the past eight years

Was​​​​te​ (Tonnes) Landfilled Recycled Composted Generated Recovered
2011-12460,467
159,633
41,298
661,398
30.4%
2012-13471,921
182,193
42,748
696,861
32.3%
2013-14398,603
200,380
37,642
636,625
37.4%
2014-15415,443
194,170
39,350
648,964
36.0%
2015-16412,864
189,635
33,848
636,342
35.1%
2016-17415,863
242,366
78,512
736,741
43.5%
2017-18
439,600
258,211
73,496
771,308
43.0%
2018-​​19
402,921
259,829
86,469
749,219
46.2%


Of the 402,921 tonnes of waste disposed of to landfill during the 2018-19 period approximately:

  • 54.5% was generated by commercial and industrial sector
  • 36.7% was municipal waste
  • 8.8​% was construction and demolition waste





Waste Management Section
134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 4599
Email: Enquiries@epa.tas.gov.au

The Environment Protection Authority acknowledges the Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of lutruwita (Tasmania) and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.