Reduced waste to landfill

 

Improving data collection

We will be exploring opportunities to continue to support improved data collection around waste generation in future reports. This will include a review of the operational boundary for the data to ensure accurate, complete and comparable data is reported.

The quality of data collection in this area has been limited to date, but improvements are encouraging. An opportunity also exists to expand data collection to include waste recycling information and to support initiatives to move waste from landfill streams to recycling streams. For example, Norco have decreased landfill by 13% by recycling returned milk bottles.

An on-farm recycling program is Drum Muster. This national program has been set up for the collection and recycling of empty, cleaned, non- returnable crop production and on-farm animal health chemical containers.

In 2015, 35% of respondents to the Sustainability Framework NRM Survey in 2015 had participated in the Drum Muster program and an additional 29% say they will do so in 2016. Survey results also reveal that 5% of dairy farms recycle their drums, but not through the Drum Muster program specifically. As a result, promoting Drum Muster depot sites will need to continue.