About this report
The Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities commissioned Net Balance Management to identify options for improving the current state of recycler data and reporting. Data from and about recyclers is an important part of broader data sets on recycling, recovery of resources and our waste performance.
The Net Balance report, Investigation of opportunities for the interim improvement of recycler data, identifies four options for improving recycler data and reporting. These are:
- Government-led work to seek agreement between public and private sector stakeholders on a common set of recycler data to be collected and reported
- Development of a consistent set of definitions related to recyclers, resource recovery and recycling
- Development of a national recycler data standard (which could incorporate a common data set and common definitions)
- A feasibility study into a common online portal for the collection, reporting and disclosure of recycler data.
The Investigation of opportunities for the interim improvement of recycler data report supports work under the National Waste Policy: Less Waste, More Resources, specifically Strategy 16 which requires the development of a national waste data system, the production of national reports on waste and resource recovery, and the identification of interim options for improving data and reporting arrangements prior to commencement of a national system.