Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts Waste Technology and Innovation Study


Assessment of the Need for Resource Recovery in Australia



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Assessment of the Need for Resource Recovery in Australia


The question arising from analysis of the data shown above is, which materials should be recovered, at what cost, and what environmental or social benefit would result from this recovery, as opposed to continuing to dispose of them to landfill? This is essentially what the Productivity Commission set out to try to answer in its 2006 report.

There are many arguments that arise about how much recycling and resource recovery is simply too much - in other words, are the environmental impacts of these activities outweighing the benefits of recovering these materials?

Hyder’s analysis (2008) identified a number of key products of ‘national significance’. These were products with certain characteristics such as those with high consumption volume or high potential recovery. A number of materials were identified including electronic waste and tyres.




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