P1 Waste streams

The NSW Government aims to reduce the millions of tonnes of waste that government agencies send to landfill each year

Measuring and reporting on waste streams is the first step to implementing programs such as re-use and recycling, and to improve management of waste disposal. The top three waste streams were general waste, clinical and pharmacy waste, and paper/cardboard waste.

Icon of garbage binWaste expense has remained steady since last year with $40 million spent on waste disposal in 2017–18.

However, there has been a slight increase in expenditure since the previous financial year.

This is explained by the rounding down of both the 2016–17 and 2017–18 figures to whole numbers.

Key waste figures

Key figures for General Government Sector agencies 2017–18  2016–17 2015–16
Number that reported waste 48  50 47
% that reported waste 52  49 44
% that reported quantity only  8 7 6
% that reported expenditure only  6 4 5
% that reported both quantity
and expenditure
 38 39 34
% that did not report waste data  48 50 56
Total waste expenditure ($) 40,696,104  40,613,440 32,096,646

Notes: Includes General Government Sector agencies and included agencies. Waste data is currently 'off contract', which means reporting relies entirely on agencies' manual entry of figures – analysis suggests the figures are highly modelled and are often missing data.