Australian Households Embrace Recycling - E-waste An Exception: Abs

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November 20, 2009

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Australian households embrace recycling - e-waste an exception: ABS

Almost every Australian household (99%) participated in some form of recycling or reusing of waste,

according to a report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 

However, nearly a quarter (23%) of electronic equipment and more than half (51%) of household appliances

disposed of in the 12 months prior to March 2009 were placed with the non-recycled garbage for kerbside


Paper/cardboard/newspapers were recycled or reused the most (95% of households), followed by plastic

bottles (94%), glass (93%) and plastic bags (90%). 

Just over half (51%) of Australian households recycled or reused kitchen or food waste. 

Australians increased their use of public transport to get to work or full-time study over the past decade,

rising from 12% in 2000 to 14% in 2009. However, the overwhelming majority of Australians still travelled by

car -- 80% in March 2009 compared to 82% in 2000.

New South Wales and Victoria had the highest level of public transport use at 17%. This is a 4% increase for

Victoria (up from 13% in 2000) Victoria, but a 1% drop (from 18%) in New South Wales.

The main reasons reported for not using public transport were 'no service available at the right/convenient

time' (27%), 'no service available at all' (26%) and 'convenience/comfort/privacy in private vehicle' (22%).

Half of Australian households had at least one working bicycle kept at their home. Bicycle ownership was

highest in the Australian Capital Territory (66% of households) and lowest in New South Wales (46%).

About 6% of people usually walked or cycled to work in 2009, steady since 2000.

Further information can be found in Environmental Issues: Waste Management and Transport Use (cat. no.


Media note:

When reporting ABS data, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or ABS) must be attributed as the source.


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