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Container deposit scheme for recycling

Thanks to its well-established recycling scheme of plastic, glass, and aluminium containers, South Australia now leads the nation in the recovery, recycling and litter reduction of this waste. As of December 2013, the state boasted an overall return rate of 80 percent.

While the Northern Territory also has such a scheme in place, territory recycling figures were not available since the scheme has only been in place since 2012, following a lengthy legal battle headed by Coca Cola Amatil.

This FACT indicates those state and territories which have a container deposit scheme in place. A value of 1 has been awarded to states and territories that have a recycling scheme in place, while a value of zero has been allocated to those states/territories with no such scheme. This data is correct as of March 29 2018.

Median price of last ecstasy purchase by jurisdiction (Regional)

This FACT indicates the median price of last ecstasy, also known as MDMA, tablet/s purchased by jurisdiction. This information was taken as part of a survey from people who were known to ingest ecstasy on a regular basis. Comparatively low prices for the drug in the United Kingdom and the United States mean that Australia will remain a target for MDMA imports. The Australian Federal Police work closely with Dutch authorities, amongst other transit country authorities, to help combat drug trafficking and quash attempted imports into Australia.

The median has been used because it gives a more accurate representation of the data set, as it is not influenced by figures that sit well outside the normal data range. The capital city with the highest median ecstasy price in 2017 was Darwin, at A$35 per tablet. The city with the lowest median price was Adelaide, at A$15 per tablet.

Number of admissions from waiting lists for elective surgery (Regional)

This FACT indicates the number of admissions from waiting lists for elective surgery in each state between 2016 and 2017. The values given are from a select group of hospitals from each state and do not represent the total number of admissions from every hospital in each state. Between 2008 and 2013, admissions from waiting lists increased in every state and territory except for Tasmania. The state/territory with the highest total admission is New South Wales, at 222,893. The state/territory with the lowest is the Northern Territory at 8,250.

Number of brewpubs (Regional)

This FACT indicates the total number of brewpubs in each state. A brewpub is a pub or restaurant that brews beer on the premises. Some brewpubs, such as those in Germany, have been brewing traditionally on the premises for hundreds of years. Others are modern restaurants. Beer arrived in Australia at the beginning of British colonisation. In 2004, Australia was ranked as having the fourth highest beer consumption per capita, at around 110 litres per year, though considerably lower in terms of total alcohol consumption per capita.

The most popular beer style in modern day Australia is lager. The oldest brewery still in operation is the Cascade Brewery, established in Tasmania in 1824. The largest Australian-owned brewery is the family-owned Coopers, as the other two major breweries, Carlton United Breweries and Lion Nathan are subsidiaries by the British-South African SABMiller and the Japanese Kirin Brewing Company respectively. Foster's Lager is made mostly for export or under licence in other countries, particularly the UK.

Total household water use (gigalitres) (Regional)

Australians are relatively conscious about water usage, and many households have employed measures to reduce their water consumption. This FACT indicates the total average water usage per household in gigalitres for each state between the years 2015 to 2016. 

Total household water consumption is calculated by combining the amount of water distributed to households by water providers with the amount extracted through bores and other self-extraction facilities. 'Self-extracted ' water use is calculated by applying a coefficient, based on average number of kilolitres used per household connection, to the households known not to be served by water providers. The state with the highest total water use is New South Wales with 561.78 gigalitres. The state with the least is the Australian Capital Territory with 31.27 gigalitres.

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