Australians create 67 million tonnes of waste each year. Here’s where it all ends up

Approximately 54 million tonnes is distributed by the waste and resource recovery industry, all part of the push for what’s known as the circular economy, where products and materials are frequently used.

This tactic aims to increase Australia’s resource recovery rate to 80 per cent meaning the goal is for only 20 per cent to not be recycled. As well as the slated export ban, the plan includes a goal of reducing the total waste triggered in Australia by 10 per cent per person by 2030 with the classification of “per person” still being worked out.

The accomplishment plan says it’ll have benefits for the economy as well. For every 10,000 tonnes of waste that is recycled, 9.2 jobs are created, compared to the 2.8 jobs if the same amount goes to landfill. For what goes into general waste bins the outcome is pretty simple in most examples, it goes straight into landfill.

Even once your recycling goes into the right bin, a lot of it is impracticable due to uncleanness broken glass, food, plastic bags, rubbish and liquids all increase the chance of the material being ultimately sent to landfill.