Where does your rub­bish go?

How much waste does one per­son throw away in a year? On av­er­age, each Australian tosses out:

Australian Geographic - - Contents - JOSEPHINE SAR­GENT

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

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