Although Australia's growing economy has brought prosperity to many Australians, the increasing use of resources has resulted in more waste being produced than ever before. As the measurement of waste is still an emerging field for statistical measurement, there is no headline indicator available to assess whether progress has been made in this dimension. The information that is available indicates:
The total volume of waste generated in Australia nearly doubled from 22.7 million tonnes in 1996-97 to 43.8 million tonnes in 2006-07.
The volume of waste per person increased from 1,200 kg to 2,100 kg over the same period.
Between 2001 and 2007, the volume of waste disposed to landfill increased from 19.0 million tonnes to 21.3 million tonnes.