About National Recycling Week

NRW 2014 poster - click to download © Planet Ark

NRW 2014 poster - click to download

In November 1996, Planet Ark founded National Recycling Week to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling. Now in its 19th year, this established and highly regarded annual campaign continues to educate and stimulate behaviour change, by:

  • Promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiatives
  • Giving people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work and school. 

National Recycling Week 2014 was made possible thanks to:

Major Sponsor: Australian Packaging Covenant

Associate Sponsors: Unilever, Bingo Bins and 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'

Supporting Sponsors: Australian Paper, MobileMuster, and Officeworks

Throughout the year, Planet Ark also provides accurate information through the Recycling Near You website and hotline (1300 733 712) for recycling at home, and the Business Recycling website and hotline (1300 763 768) for recycling at work.

NRW Dates:

2015: Monday 9 - Sunday 15 November

& next year:

2016: Monday 7 - Sunday 13 November

Aims & Objectives

For more information on the Aims, Objectives and Themes of National Recycling Week.

Australian Packaging Covenant

The Australian Packaging Covenant is a proud supporter of National Recycling Week.


Unilever has joined Planet Ark as an Associate Sponsor of National Recycling Week with the aim of increasing the recycling rate for aerosol cans used for deodorant products like Rexona and Dove.

Bingo Skip Bins

Bingo Skip Bins is an Australian owned and operated business in Sydney with over 10 years experience servicing the construction waste industry.


Officeworks offer a number of different recycling solutions for products sold within our stores including ink and toner cartridges, mobile phones, batteries, computers and computer accessories.

'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'

This very successful printer cartridge recycling program has now diverted over 25 million cartridges from Australia's landfills.

Australian Paper

As the saying goes, unless you're buying recycled, you're not really recycling. You are only doing half the job. About 68% of office paper is recycled but less than 18% of new reams contain any recycled paper.


MobileMuster is the mobile phone industry's official product stewardship program.

NRW Evaluation

Download this report which highlights the achievements of the campaign, all which help to make recycling more effective and efficient.