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Thursday, January 12, 2017

How much waste do we generate in Hunters Hill

Snapshot of 2011 Waste Audit

• The 2011 audit found the average residual (red) bin weight had increased by 0.258 kg since the 2008 waste audit.
• Food waste is the single largest component of the residual (red lidded) bin. Food Waste makes up approximately 41% of our red bins. This is a slight drop from the 2008 audit that found on average that 44% of our residual bins consisted of food waste.
• Over 50% of household red bins contain organic (compostable) material.
• 15.5% of the red bin still contains recyclables.
• There were increases in plastics 1 to 6, plastic bags, plastic film, newspaper, corrugated cardboard, cardboard and liquid paper ending up in the red bin compared to the 2008 audit.
• There was a contamination rate of 8.8% in the container (yellow lidded) bin-this was higher than the state average of 5.4% contamination.
• Thirty percent of all yellow bins presented have a high contamination rate of more than 5% with 21.5% of bins being 10% or more contaminated. 32.5% of bins had no contamination in the yellow bin.
• The contamination rate of the paper (blue lidded) bin was 1.7% - this was lower than state average of 5.4%.
• Batteries and e-waste were the most common hazardous waste in the waste stream-this comprised of 92% of all hazardous waste.
• Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) include waste such as televisions, computers, mobile phones, electrical goods and peripherals such as light globes, toner cartridges, smoke alarms, charges, electrical wires and cords where some of the hazardous waste items found in the waste stream.
• Household chemicals and paints were the next two highest hazardous waste material categories found in the waste stream after e-waste.

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