4602.0.55.002 - Environmental Issues: Waste Management and Transport Use, Mar 2009 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/11/2009  First Issue
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09/12/2009 Note: Additional data were incorrectly inserted in Table 4.6 of the pdf publication which was released on 20 November 2009. The publication has now been updated and the additional data have been removed.

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This publication presents information about domestic waste management, motor vehicle and bicycle ownership, and use of transport by Australian households. It covers a range of issues including waste recycling and reuse, disposal of hazardous waste materials, awareness and use of waste disposal or service facilities; the main form of transport used to get to work, full-time study and for day-to-day trips, use of public transport; motor vehicle ownership and servicing; and bicycle ownership.

The statistics in this publication were compiled from the Waste Management and Transport Use Survey, conducted throughout Australia in March 2009.

This publication replaces Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices (cat. no. 4602.0).


Domestic waste management and transport use data is collected every three years. Previous data were published in 2006, 2003, 2000 and 1996. Where applicable, data from 2000 onwards have been included in this publication to enable comparisons.

New information on hazardous waste items, motor vehicles, bicycles and walking is included in the 2009 edition. Please refer to the Explanatory Notes at the back of this publication for further details about these changes.


Where estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals. Published percentages are calculated prior to rounding of the figures and therefore some discrepancy may occur between these percentages and those that could be calculated from the rounded figures.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Graeme Brown on Canberra (02) 6252 5920.