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Plastic Waste Statistics

  • In 2017-2018 a total of 3.4 million tonnes of plastics were consumed in Australia.
  • A total of 320 000 tonnes of plastics were recycled, which is an increase of 10 per cent from the 2016-17 recovery.
  • In 2017–18, the national plastics recycling rate was 9.4 per cent.
  • Of the 320 000 tonnes of plastics collected for reprocessing, 145 700 tonnes (46 per cent) was reprocessed in Australia and 174 300 tonnes (54 per cent) was exported for reprocessing.

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