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Metal recovery in Victoria

In 2015–16 the amount of metal recovered for reprocessing in Victoria was 1.4 million tonne, an increase of less than 1 per cent.

Of the total metal waste recovered in 2015–16 (compared to 2014–15):

  • steel (including packaging steel) accounted for 60 per cent and decreased by 14 per cent to 852,000 tonnes
  • non-ferrous metals (a mix of aluminium, copper, lead, nickel and titanium) accounted for 11 per cent and decreased 12 per cent to 154,000 tonnes
  • car bodies accounted for 4 per cent and decreased by 2 per cent to 52,000 tonnes
  • batteries accounted for less than 1 per cent and more than doubled to 1,600 tonnes
  • other and mixed metals accounted for 25 per cent and increased by 86 per cent to 365,000 tonnes.

Composition of metals recovered for reprocessing (by weight), Victoria 2015–16

Pie chart from the Victorian Recycling Industry Annual Report 2015-16

In 2015–16, the C&I sector remained Victoria's principal source of recovered metal, contributing 61 per cent to the total metal recovery for reprocessing (up from 48 per cent the previous year). MSW contributed 25 per cent of the total waste (down from 28 per cent the previous year) while C&D sector contributed 14 per cent (down from 24 per cent in 2014–15).

Source sectors of scrap metal received for reprocessing (by weight), Victoria 2015–16

Pie chart from the Victorian Recycling Industry Annual Report 2015-16

The graph below shows that metal recovery in Victoria has remained relatively steady since 2009–10 after a large drop following the global financial crisis of 2008–9.

Metal waste recovered for reprocessing, Victoria 2006–07 to 2015–16

Graph from the Victorian Recycling Industry Annual Report 2015-16

Download the data results and graphs – Excel

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