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1370.0 - Measures of Australia's Progress, 2010  
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Waste

Waste generated per person(a)(b)
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Footnote(s): (a) Municipal waste only. (b) Data is for year 2005 for Germany, 2006 for Canada and the United States, and 2006-07 for England and Australia

Source(s): Hyder Consulting, Waste and Recycling in Australia, 2009

INTERNATIONAL COMPARISONS

Currently there is a lack of internationally comparable data covering all sectors of waste generation. However, data on municipal waste generated are widely available.

The volume of municipal waste generated per person in Australia (606kg) is more than that generated in Canada (411kg), Germany (555kg), and England (574kg). However, Australia generates less municipal waste per person than the United States (927kg).

High rates of waste diversion in Australia increase its waste disposal performance relative to other countries. Australia's municipal waste diversion rate of 40% is above that of Canada (29%), England (31%) and the United States (33%). This places Australia in the mid-range of nations in terms of total municipal waste disposed in landfills on a per person basis.

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