The Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) and the EPA Tasmania have both recently released annual reports which highlight challenges and progress in the waste industry.
The EPA Tasmania Annual Report 2018-19 indicated that a total of 568 activities were regulated by the EPA in that period, with 83 related wastewater treatment plants, 32 related to waste management activities, and 15 related to contaminated sites.
According to the latest waste data available for 2017-18, Tasmania generated an estimated 771,308 tonnes of waste. Of this, about 439,600 tonnes (57 per cent) was disposed of to landfill and 258,211 tonnes (34 per cent) was recycled or composted.
The data indicated that over the last decade, the amount disposed of to landfill has remained relatively constant despite an increasing trend in the amount of waste generated.
This is due to an increase in recycling and composting rates along with improved data collection and reporting.
The report includes information on recycling and waste-to-landfill statistics for the past decade.
The MWRRG Annual Report provides a snapshot of the group’s performance and achievements for 2018-19.
The report includes information on the reduction of commercial and industrial (C&I) waste, the management of contracts for councils, and discussions on green waste recycling.