Quick facts

Each year, the Recycling and waste in Queensland report is prepared from data submitted by over 400 reporting entities. These include local and state governments, landfill and transfer station operators, recyclers, organic processors, waste transporters, incinerators, and industrial and mining monofills.

Key findings for the most recent reporting period (2018–19), include:

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Infographic showing some key findings for recycling and waste in Queensland for the most recent reporting period (2018–19). Note: headline waste refers to municipal (household), commercial and industrial, and construction and demolition waste. (Click to enlarge)

Comparing the latest data (2018–19) to the previous reporting period (2017–18), key highlights include:

  • Queensland’s overall recovery rate increased from 45.4% to 48.7%.
  • Weekly red bin lid kerbside services collected 1.26 million tonnes of domestic waste from 1,941,000 households—a 4.6% decrease per capita.
  • Kerbside collection services for paper and packaging materials to 1,775,000 households increased by 3.1%.
  • Local government diverted nearly 2.8 million tonnes of waste from landfill, including over 1.4 million tonnes of headline waste (such as paper and packaging, and green waste) and over 1.3 million tonnes of other waste (such as biosolids, batteries and clean earthen material)—a slight decrease from the previous year.
  • Waste diverted from landfill through the operation of ‘tip shops’ (16,900 tonnes) increased by 1,800 tonnes.
  • There was a 15% increase in the amount of recovered commercial and industrial waste—a continued upward trend over the past four years.
  • There was a 13% increase in the amount of recovered construction and demolition waste—a continual increase over the past five years.

More detailed data and historical trends can be found in previous recycling and waste reports.

Impact of the waste levy on interstate waste

A levy on waste going to landfill was introduced on 1 July 2019.

In the first year after the levy was introduced, there was an approximate 65% decrease in interstate waste to landfill sites in Queensland.

Trends in interstate waste to landfill sites


Graph showing the trends in interstate waste to landfill sites. Note: The data presented in the table has been taken at a point in time. Waste reporting requirements changed when the waste levy commenced on 1 July 2019. Data received in 2018–19 and 2019–20 are being analysed further, which may result in some changes to the final figures. (Click to enlarge)

The waste levy is a key component of Queensland’s waste strategy, which aims to create a zero-waste society where waste is avoided, reused and recycled to the greatest possible extent.