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Annual Report 2002-2003 National Environment Protection Council



Annual Report 2002-2003 National Environment Protection Council

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A g grega ted In fo rm a t io n In t e rp re ta t io n Local government data Overview Based on data supplied by the majority o f NSW local councils, NSW is collecting around half a million tonnes o f kerbside materials per year o f which most (93%) was reported to be fully recycled. The participation rate o f households in kerbside recycling is high and has improved from 78% in 2001-02 to 80% in 2002-03. Contamination rates have remained constant from 2001-02 to 2002-03 at approximately 6%. The EPAs 2002-03 survey o f kerbside materials showed that, o f the brandowners represented in the surveyed sample, the majority are signatories to the Covenant and that signatory items outnumbered non-signatory items in all materials. Comparison of 2001-02 with 2002-03 Response Rate In 2001-02, the response rate o f Councils in NSW reporting was 97%. The response rate for 2002-03, is 96%. Residential Population Reporting In 2001-02, the Councils reporting covered approxi mately 6 567 983 residents (99% of NSW). In 2002-03, the coverage decreased to an estimated 6 116 046 residents (92% o f NSW). Residential H ouseholds Covered by Kerbside Recycling For both 2001-02 and 2002-03, approximately 95% of residential households sampled were covered by a kerbside recycling service. N on-Residential Premises Covered by a Kerbside Recycling Service In 2001-02, 16% of the sampled non-residential premises were covered by a kerbside recycling service. In 2002-03, the overall kerbside coverage has increased to approximately 22% of all non-residential premises in NSW. Ratio o f N on-Residential Premises to Residential Premises Covered by a Kerbside Recycling Service In 2001-02, the ratio o f non-residential premises to residential premises covered by kerbside recycling services was 1:63. In 2002-03 this ratio increased to 1:56. Participation Rates in Kerbside Recycling Services In 2001-02, the average participation rate for residents using a kerbside recycling service was 78%. The participation rate rose to an average 80% in 2002-03. Kerbside Recycling Fees Charged by Councils In 2001-02, Councils charged an average $77 per residential household for kerbside recycling. This charge increased by 5.8% in 2002-03 to around $81.54 per year for each household serviced by kerbside recycling. The fee for supplying kerbside recycling to non- residential premises increased by 15.3% from $78 in 2001-02 to $90 per premise per annum in 2002-03. This follows on from 2000-01 to 2001-02 for which there was no increase. Types o f Containers Used fo r Kerbside Recycling In 2001-02, 49% of the Councils responding provided bins for recycling, this has increased to 66% in 2002-03. One-third o f councils provide crates, 6% provide bags and 2% collect bundled materials. A number o f these councils supply both bins and crates for recycling material. Kerbside Materials Collected, Recycled and Disposed o f In 2001-02, around 492 000 tonnes o f recyclable materials were collected. In contrast, in 2002-03, about 519 000 tonnes o f materials were collected. 66% of Councils reporting in both 2001-02 and 2002-03 have reported an increase in quantity of kerbside recyclables collected. Investigations into data quality have revealed that in 2002-03 and in previous years not all councils maintain records o f the quantity o f kerbside material collected and information received from recycling/reprocessing contractors is not to the detail required for NEPM Used Packaging Report. In these cases, Councils supply estimates. N atio n a l E n v iro n m en t P ro te c tio n C o u n c il a n n u a l r e p o r t 2 0 0 2 - 2 0 0 3 20.7