Materials covered by the WRAPP
Paper : About 4,000 tonnes of paper and cardboard is sent to landfill in NSW each year by government agencies. The WRAPP aims to significantly increase the amount of recycled content paper bought by government agencies. Currently 45 per cent of copy paper and 19 per cent of printing paper contains recycled content.
Office equipment: The manufacture, use and disposal of office equipment - computers and monitors, photocopiers, printers, fax machines and toner cartridges - can contribute to air emissions, water pollution, use of toxic materials and generation of hazardous and other wastes.
Vegetation: Organic waste forms a significant part of the NSW waste stream, comprising about 13 per cent of all waste sent to landfill by NSW Agencies. Biological waste processing technologies can now turn many previously unusable organic materials into valuable resources. In NSW, 1.6 million tonnes of organic waste was collected for recycling in 2006-07 and turned into a range of products such as composts, soil conditioners and mulches (DECC Reprocessors Survey 2006-07).
Construction and demolition: Waste from these activities makes up about 86 per cent of the waste disposed of to landfill in NSW by government agencies. In 2007, although 93 per cent of Construction and Demolition waste was recovered, almost 400,000 tonnes of C and D waste was still disposed of in NSW. The NSW government funds about a third of all construction activity in the state.
Public Place Recycling: waste from systems installed in parks, ovals and at special events is limited but has potential to make a significant contribution to waste management for those agencies that manage public places. Providing recycling bins in public places also helps to promote the importance of recycling to the public.
Other waste: Waste not targeted by the WRAPP but which may be controlled under state and federal regulation.
Materials index: A list and description of all materials covered by the WRAPP.
(for more information on WRAPP recycling figures refer to the WRAPP Progress Reports under WRAPP Publications)
Page last updated: 27 February 2011