Environmental benefits of recycling

Environmental Benefits of Recycling (PDF 1.04MB) (June 2010) uses a life cycle assessment methodology to examine the potential environmental impacts of recycling across a range of material types.

The system boundary for the study begins at the point of waste generation and encompasses processes required to either recycle the waste material or treat it in landfill, and to measure landfill space savings, greenhouse gas abatement, and energy and water conservation impacts.

The following summary sheets provide more information on each of the material types modelled

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