Research: So You Think You Can Recycle?

So You Think You Can Recycle? - Read the full report (3mb) © Planet Ark

So You Think You Can Recycle? - Read the full report (3mb)

New research commissioned by Planet Ark in the lead up to our 21st National Recycling Week asks Australians, So You Think You Can Recycle?

The research shows that nine out of ten Australians see recycling as the right thing to do. But it also shows that the most committed recyclers make some key mistakes. In fact they make some mistakes, like always recycling old or broken drinkware glass and crockery, more often than disengaged recyclers.

The report also found:

  • 8 out of 10 councils report plastic bags and soft plastics in kerbside bins as their biggest recycling problem
  • 7 out of 10 people are unsure or not at all confident to choose between a sheet of 100% recycled paper and a sheet of virgin paper
  • The biggest barriers to buying recycled toilet paper include outdated ideas of its quality and simply not thinking about it
  • There are 25.5 million unused mobile phones in Australian, more than there are people
  • It costs between $2,000 to $3,000 to send a demolished home to landfill and
  • Smith Snackfoods recycles more than 92% of their waste.

For more information about these and many other findings see the Key Findings or Full Report.

Full list of references

Previous 2014 and 2015 Reports

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