Managing waste is a major issue for today’s societies. Everything we do produces waste and as a society we are currently producing more waste than ever before. Australia is the second highest producer of waste per person in the world at approximately 650 kgs per person, second only to the USA, which produces approximately 715 kgs per person.
Waste Hotline Number: 1300 725 415
The amount of waste produced in Australia has nearly doubled in the last 10 years from 22.7 million to 43.8 million tonnes of waste. Household waste makes up almost half of the solid waste, the rest is commercial and industrial waste, and building and demolition waste.
The average Australian family of 4 people makes enough waste in one year to completely fill a 3-bedroom house from the floor to the ceiling. It is estimated that only about 52% of this waste is recycled.
On average, every Australian throws out:
- 330 kg of paper
- 552 kg of aluminium cans
- 118 kg of plastic
- 74 kg of metal
- 414 kg of food
- 206 glass bottles/jars
Regional Material Recycling Facilities
Orange – presently the materials from kerbside recycling collections from six councils (Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Forbes, Orange and Parkes) feed into the Materials Recycling Facility at the Ophir Road Resource Recovery Centre in Orange.
Dubbo – materials from kerbside recycling collections from Narromine and Dubbo Councils are taken to the Whylandra Waste & Recycling Facility in Cobra Street. For more information about Waste Services visit the Dubbo Regional Council or phone Dubbo Council on 68014000 or Narromine Council on 6889 2579.