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Climate Science: Waste Management

Year 12 EES

Finding Resources in Accessit

Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Accessit or more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS.

Issues in Society

Australian Government

Find government information about pollution and waste management in Australia.

I.D the population experts

Census Australia

Census data provides a rich snapshot of the nation and informs government, community and business. 


An Australian company is hoping to develop a waste-to-energy facility in Western Australia to convert household waste into power. Find out how this technology works, and learn about some of the issues it raises for waste management in the community. Does everyone support this technology, which is relatively new to Australia?

Australians produce large volumes of waste and much of it goes to landfill, the oldest form of waste management. South Australia introduced a waste levy in an effort to manage landfill waste. Watch this clip to find out the effect of this levy on waste disposal and on a local landfill site.

What happens when you try recycling electronic waste (e-waste)? Watch this clip about the physics of recycling and find out how useful materials are captured from waste at a local materials recovery facility. Presenter Tanya Ha investigates e-waste, the products it comes from, and the recycling and sustainability challenge it pose.

Australians are quick to embrace new technology. However, the rapid rate of technological change has meant that Australia is one of the world's largest producers of electronic waste, or 'e-waste'. This clip from 2013 looks at how various community groups are working together to find a solution to this growing problem.


Learn how the EPA contributes to the NSW Government’s Climate Change Policy Framework goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing resilience to climate change, including the commitment to achieve net zero emissions from organic waste by 2030.


With an estimated 67 million tonnes of waste generated by Australians every year, reducing waste going to landfill is considered a favourable environmental outcome by the Australian community, government, industry and researchers.


Geography Journals

Australian Government- Dept of Environment

The National Waste Policy heralds a new, coherent, efficient and environmentally responsible approach to waste management in Australia. The policy, agreed by all Australian environment ministers in November 2009, sets Australia's waste management and resource recovery direction to 2020.