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National Waste Report 2022

Updated: Dec 22, 2022

The National Waste Report for 2022 has been released, covering waste generated and managed in the financial period 2020-21 in Australia.


Considering waste from three source streams:

municipal solid waste (MSW) from households and council operations;

commercial and industrial (C&I) waste; and

construction and demolition (C&D) waste


With two waste management types:

1. pathways, which comprise interim steps on the way to the end destination of the material - short-term storage, stockpiling, treatment, sorting, processing and export

2. waste fates or end destinations, which are categorised into waste reuse, recycling, energy recovery, long-term storage and disposal


The report is broken into chapters covering;

  • Progress against the targets in the National Waste Policy Action Plan

  • Waste generated in Australia in 2020–21 and the trends since 2006–07

  • Efforts to prevent or avoid waste generation in Australia in 2020–21

  • Quantities of waste materials reused and processed for recycling

  • Core waste materials used for their energy value in Australia in 2020–21

  • Quantities of core waste plus ash materials disposed of in Australia in 2020–21. Disposal means allocation to a fate in which no use is made of the waste

  • Assessment and comparison of resource recovery rates for the states and territories

  • Status and trends of particular waste materials

  • Comparisons between Australia’s waste generation, recovery and fates and those of other countries

  • The role of states and territories and then local governments

  • Overview of the waste and resource recovery sector, its services and infrastructure

  • Liquid waste management

  • Current and emerging challenges

Read the full report here


Thanks to Blue Environment and The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water for preparing the 2022 report.




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