The Gladstone Regional Council placed a wheelie bin at the 1770 Marina last week, after they removed four skip bins from the area, however shortly after they found someone had illegally dumped rubbish near the bin.   Photo Contributed
The Gladstone Regional Council placed a wheelie bin at the 1770 Marina last week, after they removed four skip bins from the area, however shortly after they found someone had illegally dumped rubbish near the bin. Photo Contributed Contributed

Report shows which regions produce the most rubbish

RESIDENTS in the Fitzroy region throw out the most waste per capita of all the regions in Queensland, a report has shown.

The State of the Environment report released on Wednesday showed how the state was tracking with rubbish.

Data in the report showed Fitzroy recorded 757kg per capita of household waste generation in 2014-15 financial year, which was the highest rate in Queensland.

The total amount of waste collected in the year made up 12% of the state's total.

It was also much higher than the waste generated by the average Queenslander, which was 540kg.

The second highest household waste generators per capita were in Darling Downs-Maranoa, with the average resident generating 710kg of waste in 2014-15.

The region had about 7% of the state's total amount of waste collected.

Coming in third was Wide Bay, with 575kg per capita; slightly higher than the Queensland average. Wide Bay also recorded about 7% of the state's total household waste.

Meanwhile, Mackay had the second highest per capita waste rate in the state, with 395kg.

Household rubbish collected in Mackay made up about 2% of the state's total.

South-east Queensland's per capita rubbish generation rate was slightly less than the state average, with 538kg.

But the region had the highest amount of waste collected, making up 60% of the state's total.

Waste figures in the State of the Environment report show Queenslanders have reduced the amount of household waste they generate.

In 2010-11, the average Queenslander produced 677kg of waste a year.

In 2014-15 it had reduced to 540kg.

What Queenslanders recycle has also changed, with a decrease in paper and an increase in glass and plastic.

In the last four financial years, the amount of glass sent for recycling increased by 6500 tonnes and plastic sent to recycling increased by almost 7000 tonnes.

But paper and cardboard being sent for recycling declined by about 24,000 tonnes.

The report also said the average number of litter items was higher in Queensland than other Australian states, particularly in shopping centres, retail areas and along highways.

- ARM NEWSDESK



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