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1370.0 - Measures of Australia's Progress, 2010  
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Waste

Proportion of total waste diverted from landfills(a)
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Footnote(s): (a) Year ending 30 June

Source(s): Hyder Consulting, Waste and Recycling in Australia, 2009 ; DEWHA, State of the Environment 2006; The Senate, Management of Australia's Waste Streams, 2008

WASTE DIVERSION

Recycling of waste materials reduces the volume of waste disposed in landfills, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, helps eliminate non-biodegradable waste, and promotes a clean and healthy environment to live in.

During the last decade, the proportion of total waste being diverted from landfills to recycling facilities increased from 36% in 1999-2000 to 52% in 2006-07.

 

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