Environmental issues: people's views and practices, 2006


In a mixed report card on the environment, Australians have embraced recycling but are steering clear of public transport, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Waste recycling has grown extensively in Australian households between 1996 and 2006. In March 1996, 91% of Australian households engaged in some form of recycling or reuse in the home. By 2006, this percentage has increased to 99%. The growth in recycling may be partly attributed to the provision and continued improvement of local kerbside recycling collection services to which about 90% of households in Australia have an access. Another noticeable trend is the continued low rate of public transport use throughout Australia. While figures have increased (from 11.9% nationwide in 1996 to 13.5% in 2006), the survey reflected the desire of individuals to continue using private vehicles, due to such factors as the lack of public transport services available and the convenience, comfort and privacy of using a private vehicle.

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