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1300.1.55.001 - Statistics News NSW, Dec 2006  
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ENVIRONMENTAL SNAPSHOT: RECYCLING UP, BUT E-WASTE IS A LOOMING ISSUE

The latest snapshot of Australia's environment was released in November, with a range of statistics collected by the ABS and other sources, presented in a format that is easy-to-read and understand.

Australia's Environment: Issues and Trends, 2006 (cat. no. 4613.0), contains a feature article on solid waste in Australia. The article looks at the emerging issues of household hazardous waste and e-waste (the popular name for electronic products nearing the end of their "useful life"). E-waste is one of the fastest growing waste types and the problem is global.

Following the feature article is a Trends section that presents a broad selection of environmental statistics and information on topical environmental issues. The Trends are divided into five sections: Population and urban, Human activity (waste and energy), Water, Atmosphere and Landscape.

The 2006 edition is the third in a series and features a useful cumulative topic index at the back which shows all the topics that have been featured in this and previous editions.

For further information contact Robyn Elphinstone on (02) 6252 5502, or the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070, email client.services@abs.gov.au.

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