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Summary of greenhouse gas recycling benefits and equivalences (per tonne)

Summary of energy demand recycling benefits and equivalences (per tonne)

Summary of water use recycling benefits and equivalences (per tonne)

Sort Category Material Total CO<sub>2</sub> eq<br>(kg) Equivalent trees planted required for carbon absorption Distance driven in family vehicle<br>(km) Total LHV (lower heating value)<br>(megajoules)** Household energy use<br>(months) Days watching large TV Total H<sub>2</sub>O<br>(kL) Outdoor spas (2m x 2 m x 60cm deep) Showers (10 min at 8.9 l/m) Total Recovery
(tonnes)
Total CO<sub>2</sub> eq<br>(kg) Total CO<sub>2</sub> eq<br>(tonnes) Equivalent trees planted required for carbon absorption Equivalent trees planted by every Victorian required for carbon absorption<br>(trees / person) Equivalent cars off the road for a year Distance driven in family vehicle<br>(km) Total energy saved<br>(megajoules LHV) Total energy saved<br>(gigajoules LHV) Household energy use<br>(months) Months of household energy use for every household in Victoria<br>(months / household) Days watching large TV Days watching large TV for every person in Victoria Total H<sub>2</sub>O<br>(kL) Total H<sub>2</sub>O<br>(mega litres) Outdoor spas (2m x 2 m x 60cm deep) Showers (10 min at 8.9 l/m) Showers (10 min at 8.9 l/m) for every Victorian<br>(showers / person) Olympic swimming pools (50m x 25m x 2m deep = 2,500 kL H<sub>2</sub>O)
0 Metals Aluminium Cans 17000 25.5 58767 210000 53.6 58172 29 12.1 325.8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 Metals Packaging Steel (steel cans) 1700 2.6 5877 15000 3.8 4155 42 17.5 471.9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Paper / Cardboard Cardboard / paper packaging (including liquid paperboard) 170 0.3 588 470 0.1 130 11 4.6 123.6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Paper / Cardboard Printing & Writing Paper** 1300 2 4494 -680 -0.2 -188 11 4.6 123.6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Paper / Cardboard Other (mixed paper) 450 0.7 1556 360 0.1 100 11 4.6 123.6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Organics Garden Organics*** 230 0.3 795 -310 -0.1 -86 5.7 2.4 64 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Glass Glass Containers 530 0.8 1832 4500 1.1 1247 0.94 0.4 10.6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Plastics PET 1200 1.8 4148 55000 14.0 15235 69 28.8 775.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Plastics HDPE (average) (milk bottles) 818.57 1.2 2830 50571.43 12.9 14009 22.57 9.4 253.6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

* The Kerbside LCA calculator uses the Victorian population figure from the ABS publication - Australian Demographic Statistics, Catalogue number 3101.0, March Qtr. 2013, published 26 September 2013,Table 4, Estimated Residential Population, Persons, Victoria, March 2013 figure (pop. 5,712,982). The population figure is used to calculate an equivalent per person environmental benefit obtained from recycling kerbside material for greenhouse gas, energy demand and water use.

** Recycling of printing and writing paper did not achieve a beneficial outcome in cumulative energy demand due to the fossil fuels intensity of paper recycling versus production of paper from fibre derived from forests (much of which is powered by biomass).
When all environmental factors are taken into account, the recycling of printing and writing paper results in a beneficial outcome.

*** Garden organics waste recycling resulted in an adverse outcome in cumulative energy demand, due to the avoidance of energy generated from landfill ie from landfill gas combustion.
When all environmental factors are taken into account, the recycling of garden organics results in a beneficial outcome.