Source: The Herald Sun, 20 November, 1996, p.12
By KRISTIN OWEN, environment reporter MELBURNIANS are throwing out larger amounts of garbage but recycling more too. The average household's total waste increased again this year - by 0.24 to 16.32kg. The study of 3000 homes in 30 metropoli- tan councils found households were recycling 1.5 per cent more material than last year. Melburnians now recycle 605 per cent of recyclable waste, an increase of 15 percent since the first survey, according to the fourth Recycling Audit and Garbage Bin Analysis report. Conservation and Land Management Minister Marie Tehan, who launched the report yes- terday, said the increase in household garbage was a worrying trend. "We have to strive for improvement. We have to capture the recyclables not recycled," Mrs Tehan said. The State Government wants the amount of waste going to landfill to be halved by 2000. The survey was carried out over four months as "analysts" sifted through rubbish bins at 4am. The Litter and Recycling Research Assochtion state manager, David Hitchcock, said by removing all recyclable material and green and food waste we could divert almost 80 per cent of the waste away from landfill.
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