South Australia's Recycling Activity in 2017-18

South Australia's recycling performance in a quick snapshot. For more detail, see the latest report here.

  • 83.6  per cent of all waste generated in South Australia was diverted from landfill. This equates to 4.489 million tonnes of material not going to waste.
  • Since 2003, the recycling rate has improved by nearly 22 per cent and the resource recovery has increased from approximately 2 million tonnes to just over 4.4 million tonnes a year.
  • The waste management, resource recovery and recycling sector employs approximately 4,800 South Australians (both directly and indirectly).
  • The market value of recovered resources in 2017-18 was $356 million dollars.
  • South Australia leads the nation with the best recycling rate.
  • South Australia has the best per capita resource recovery rate in the nation.
  • Our diversion and recovery rate means 1.25 million tonnes of greenhouse gases are not being released, the same as planting 2 million trees; or taking 316,000 cars off the road each year
 
Latest Recycling Activity Survey

Recycling Activity in South Australia 2017-18 Recycling Activity in South Australia 2017-18 (8245 KB)


Previous Recycling Activity Surveys

Recycling activity in South Australia 2005-06 Recycling activity in South Australia 2005-06 (1947 KB)

Recycling Activity in South Australia 2006-07 Recycling Activity in South Australia 2006-07 (1029 KB)

Recycling Activity in South Australia 2007-08 Recycling Activity in South Australia 2007-08 (1019 KB)

Recycling activity in South Australia 2008-09 Recycling activity in South Australia 2008-09 (664 KB)

Recycling activity in South Australia 2009-10 Recycling activity in South Australia 2009-10 (1374 KB)

Recycling Activity in South Australia 2010-11 Recycling Activity in South Australia 2010-11 (1705 KB)

Recycling Activity in South Australia 2011-12 Recycling Activity in South Australia 2011-12 (2049 KB)

Recycling Activity in South Australia 2012-13 Recycling Activity in South Australia 2012-13 (2712 KB)

Recycling Activity in South Australia 2013-14 Recycling Activity in South Australia 2013-14 (3017 KB)

Recycling Activity in South Australia 2015-16 Recycling Activity in South Australia 2015-16 (4029 KB)

Recycling Activity in South Australia 2016-17 Recycling Activity in South Australia 2016-17 (3284 KB)