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Percentage of population that never compost or recycle kitchen or food waste

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This FACT indicates the percentage of people who NEVER compost or recycle their kitchen food or waste in each city. Recycling organics is an effective way to reduce the amount of rubbish that goes into landfill, and helps to establish healthy green practices in people's homes. A propensity to recycle food and kitchen scraps can offer insight into sustainability practices of a community on the whole. The city with the highest percentage of people who never recycle or compost kitchen waste is Sydney at 52 percent, followed closely by Brisbane at 51.5 percent. The city with the highest propensity to recycle is Hobart at 36.5 percent followed closely by Canberra at 39 percent.

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Source: State of Australian Cities, 2012

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