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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 (2019–20), include:

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Infographic showing some key findings for recycling and waste in Queensland for the most recent reporting period (2019–20). Note: headline waste refers to municipal (household), commercial and industrial, and construction and demolition waste. (Click to enlarge)

Comparing the latest data (2019–20) to the previous reporting period (2018–19), key highlights include:

  • Queensland’s overall recovery rate increased from 48.7%. to 54.1%.
  • Weekly red bin lid kerbside services collected 1.27 million tonnes of domestic waste from 1,999 700 households. This is a 0.6% decrease per capita from 2018–19 and a 15.7% decrease per capita since 2009–10.
  • Green-lid bin services collected 70,000 tonnes of organic waste. This is a 13% increase per capita from 2018–19 and a 111% increase per capita since 2012–13.
  • Local government diverted over 2.8 million tonnes of waste from landfill.
  • Waste diverted from landfill through the operation of ‘tip shops’ (25,000 tonnes) increased by 8,100 tonnes.
  • There was an increase in the amount of recovered commercial and industrial waste from 49.8% in 2018–19 to 52% in 2019–20. This is a continued upward trend over the past five years.
  • There was an increase in the amount of recovered construction and demolition waste from 58% in 2018-19 to 75.4% in 2019–20. There has been a continual increase over the past five years. The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy sets a target of 75% by 2025.

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 a 62% decrease in interstate waste, from 1,188,000 tonnes in 2018–19 to 447,000 tonnes in 2019–20.

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.