Hyder Consulting for the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, 2011
About the report
This study was commissioned to support work under Strategy 16 of the National Waste Policy: Less Waste, More Resources. Under this strategy, the Australian Government, in collaboration with states and territories, is working to develop a system that provides access to integrated national core data on waste and resource recovery. Local government plays an integral role in the delivery of waste and recycling services in Australia, especially to households. However, data regarding local government waste and recycling activities and performance is often disparate and disperse.
The Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities commissioned Hyder Consulting to undertake a study to determine what public data and information was available about the role and performance of local governments in relation to waste and recycling. The needs of key users (or potential users) of such waste and recycling information was also considered.
The report provides a jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction summary of the roles and responsibilities of local governments, as well as outlining key Local Government Area (LGA) groupings and the information reporting systems in place within each jurisdiction. Key performance data, relating to resource recovery rates, service levels and financial costs, is provided for each jurisdiction, where sufficient LGA-specific information is publicly available.