Commercial and industrial waste stream surveys
Commercial and Industrial Waste Survey - Lower Hunter 2009
In 2009, a field audit and gatehouse survey was undertaken to gain a clearer and more accurate understanding of what is in the Commercial and Industrial waste stream in the Lower Hunter Region. The Lower Hunter Region comprises the local government areas of Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Newcastle and Port Stephens.
The results of the waste audits showed that many of the materials in the waste stream could be diverted before they reach landfill or have potential resource value if they could be recovered or recycled cost-effectively.
This report is valuable for gaining an understanding of:
the types and quantities of materials present in the Commercial and Industrial waste stream
the types of businesses that contribute the most Commercial and Industrial waste
the characteristics of waste disposed by different industry types
The report can be used by:
Council waste staff investigating the possibility of a commercial waste service collection
Waste educators for identifying business types to target waste education programs towards
Waste industry in looking for new waste recycling and management opportunities
The project was completed with the assistance of staff at Awaba Waste Management Facility, Cessnock Waste and Reuse Centre, Mount Vincent Waste Management Centre, Sita Facility at Raymond Terrace and Summerhill Waste Management Centre
Commercial and Industrial Waste in the Lower Hunter region (110139IndWasteLrHunter.pdf, 387KB)
Commercial and Industrial Waste Survey - Sydney 2008
Increased resource recovery from the Commercial and Industrial sector will help reach the NSW Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (WARR) Strategy target of recycling 63 per cent from the Commercial and Industrial waste stream by 2014.
The 2008 WARR Progress Report confirms recycling rates of 44 per cent and 42 per cent for Commercial and Industrial waste in 2006-07 in NSW and the Sydney Metropolitan Area (Sydney) respectively.
Although Sydney recycled 1.5 million tonnes of Commercial and Industrial waste that year, about 2 million tonnes including wood, food, plastics, paper and cardboard, still ended up in landfills. In total, NSW recycled 2.3 million tonnes of Commercial and Industrial waste the same year whilst nearly 3 million tonnes went to landfills.
A field survey in 2008 to get a clearer and more accurate understanding of what is in the Commercial and Industrial waste stream. This survey included visual assessment of Commercial and Industrial mixed and single material loads delivered to six landfills and six transfer stations and weight based sorting of garbage bags from eight selected industry sectors.
The key findings of the survey are summarised in the 'Overview' and detailed in the 'Main Report'.
Disposal-based Commercial and Industrial Waste Survey - May, July 2003
During May and July 2003, a survey was undertaken to measure commercial and industrial waste disposed of at Class 1 and Class 2 landfill facilities across the Sydney Metropolitan Area. The report presents the overall results.
For further information:
Sustainability Programs on (02) 8837 6000 or email:
Page last updated: 14 March 2013