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Organics recovery in Victoria

In 2015–16 the amount of organic waste recovered for reprocessing in Victoria was 1.04 million tonnes. This figure decreased by 1 per cent from 2014–15 but represents the second highest amount of organic material recovered in Victoria since organic waste data collection started. 

The recovery rate can be partially attributed to an increased response rate from organics reprocessors to the survey and increased recovery of timber waste for energy generation purposes. Identifying trends in this waste stream is challenging, given the impact of weather conditions on biomass generation (and, hence, organic waste), including drought, rainfall, water-use restrictions and incidence of fire.

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

  • garden organics accounted for 41 per cent and increased by 4 per cent to 429,000 tonnes
  • wood and timber organics accounted for 20 per cent and increased by 5 per cent to 203,000 tonnes
  • sawdust and other forestry residuals accounted for 14 per cent and decreased by 4 per cent to 148,000 tonnes
  • food organics accounted for 7 per cent and decreased by 9 per cent to 74,000 tonnes
  • food and garden organics combined (FOGO) for accounted for 3 per cent, the first year that FOGO data was collected in the survey
  • other and mixed organics waste (a mix of different types of organics that were not separated or did not fit into any other category) accounted for 15 per cent and decreased by 26 per cent to 151,000 tonnes.

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

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

In 2015–16, the MSW sector contributed 30 per cent of the total organic waste recovered (down from 42 per cent). The C&I sector contributed 63 per cent (up from 54 per cent) and the C&D contributed 7 per cent (up from 5 per cent).

Source sectors of organic material received for reprocessing (by weight), Victoria 2015–16

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

Organics recovery, although fluctuating from year to year, is generally trending upwards. Some of the likely reasons for this trend are the introduction of new and upgraded organics facilities, higher demand for recycled organics (RO) compost products and the increased collection of organic residues.

Organics recovered for reprocessing, Victoria 2006–07 to 2015–16

Graph from the Victorian Recycling Industry Annual Report 2015-16

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