Where does your rubbish go?
How much waste does one person throw away in a year? On average, each Australian tosses out:
WE ARE THE secondbiggest wasters in the world, with each of us discarding a massive 645kg of rubbish each year – 40 per cent of which ends up in landfill. Despite plastic bottles and containers being easy to recycle, only 14 per cent of plastics are recovered; improving this could be key to reducing the amount of rubbish in the dump. In NSW, the state government aims to give this a leg-up by rolling out cash for cans and bottles in July 2017 – paying 10c an item – to not only discourage littering but also to encourage recycling.
25KG OF OTHER WASTE
120KG OF METALS
290KG OF FOOD AND GARDEN WASTE
50KG OF GLASS
20KG OF CLOTHES, LEATHER, TYRES AND OTHER RUBBER
(e.g. batteries) 50KG OF HAZARDOUS MATERIAL
70KG OF PAPER AND CARDBOARD
20KG OF PLASTIC