South Australia's Recycling Activity in 2015-16

  • 81.5 per cent of all waste generated in South Australia was diverted from landfill. This equates to 3.91 million tonnes of material not going to waste.
  • Since 2003, the recycling rate has improved by 20 per cent and the resource recovery has doubled.
  • The waste management, resource recovery and recycling sector employs approximately 4,800 South Australians (both directly and indirectly).
  • The market value of recovered resources in 2015-16 was $203 million dollars.
  • South Australia leads the nation with the best recycling rate.
  • South Australia has the best per capita resource recovery rate in the nation.
  • Our diversion and recovery rate means:
    • 1.8 million tonnes of greenhouse gases are not being released, the same as:
      • planting 1.8 million trees; or
      • taking 271,900 cars off the road each year
    • saving 15,130 Terajoules of energy, equivalent to:
      • the average energy use by 294,400 households;
      • 2.7 million barrels of oil; or
      • 4.6 per cent of that total State energy consumption in 2014-15.
    • saving 12,720 Megalitres of water, equal to:
      • 5,090 Olympic sized swimming pools;
      • the water used by 66,940 average Adelaide households in one year; or
      • 6 per cent of Metropolitan Adelaide's total water consumption.   
 

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