The ACT Government has some of the most ambitious waste reduction and resource recovery targets in Australia. The ACT Waste Management Strategy 2011-2025 outlines the strategic direction of the ACT Government on waste issues and sets targets for improving waste management. These include achieving more than 90% resource recovery by 2025 and a carbon neutral waste sector by 2020.
Read more about ACT Government action on waste.
Why reduce waste?
There are many reasons to reduce waste.
- Preserving precious resources. The planet has limited resources so it makes sense to use what we have wisely. Waste can be a valuable resource. By recycling and reusing we preserve resources for better use and help secure the environment for future generations
- Maintaining our beautiful region. By managing our waste well we keep our waterways, forests and grasslands clean and litter free
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from landfill and the production and transportation of materials. This helps us combat global climate change. Sending waste to landfill (particularly organic waste) and transporting materials for processing produces greenhouse gas emissions
- Reducing costs. Dealing with waste costs us, as taxpayers, a lot of money. Collecting, transporting, sorting and processing waste is expensive. As a community we could better use this money for other services.
Did you know?
- An estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste is generated every year around the world, about 438 kg per person per year (World Bank 2012).
- In the ACT we generated around 1 million tonnes of waste in 2014–15 (across all waste streams, not just municipal solid waste), which is approximately 2.7 tonnes of waste per person. This is one of the highest per capita waste generation rates of any state or territory in Australia.
Strategies and reports
- ACT Waste Management Strategy 2011-2025 (PDF 1.8 MB)
- Action Plan for National Packaging Covenant - 2011-2016 (PDF 688.7 KB)
- Assessment of waste infrastructure and services options for the ACT - Final report - 2011 (PDF 5.6 MB)
- Increasing recycling by business in the ACT - analysis of barriers - 2010 (PDF 3.6 MB)
- Interim review of the plastic shopping bags ban - 2012 (PDF 630.5 KB)
- Pre-feasibility assessment of a thermal conversion facility for the ACT - Final Report - 2010 (PDF 2.2 MB)
- Review of the plastic shopping bags ban - 2014 (PDF 2.1 MB)
- Study of recycling in high density dwellings - 2012 (PDF 1.8 MB)
- Supplementary report - Economic modelling of options for waste infrastructure in the ACT - Final Report - 2010 (PDF 340.9 KB)
- Survey of consumer attitudes to the ACT plastic bag ban (Appendix 1 to Interim review of the plastic shopping bags ban) - 2012 (PDF 985.4 KB)
- Unfantastic Plastic - Review of the ACT Plastic Shopping Bag Ban - 2018
- City Services - waste collection and processing services, waste disposal and recycling information and advice, transfer stations and resource management facility tours
- Actsmart - programs to help reduce waste and recycle more at work or at school
- A-Z Waste and Recycling Guide
- Commercial composting guide (PDF 1.3MB) - provides existing or prospective operators of composting facilities with background information to consider when establishing a commercial composting operation
- Plastic shopping bag ban
- Waste management, clinical waste and hazardous materials