The way we manage waste in Australia is changing.
We all throw items in the bin or recycling bin – often without a second thought. What we throw away impacts our environment and economy.
Glass, plastic, paper, cardboard, tyres, electronics, batteries, construction materials, food and garden waste are all waste items containing value in the form of energy and resources. We are working to maximize that value.
Australia produces 74 million tonnes of waste per year and we only recycle 60%. So we’ve got a lot to work with.
All levels of governments and industry are working together to manage our waste, convert it to resources, and protect our environment. Our waste is our responsibility.
Exporters of waste tyres will need a licence to export from 1 December 2021.
We will start to regulate waste exports from 1 January 2021. See when laws come into effect.
We regulate the export, import and transit of hazardous waste. Check what you must do.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and the circular economy
We work with industry and governments to manage products from the beginning to their end of life.
We are investing in Australia's waste and recycling infrastructure. We will co-fund upgrades to recycling facilities.
You can dispose of your TV, computer, printer and other electronic parts.
Find out how to manage your food waste.
The label provides simple recycling information. It helps you to put packaging in the right bin.
Our target is for 100% of Australian packaging to be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025.
See the steps you can take to choose sustainable goods and services.
Read the guide for more detailed steps, tools and case studies.