What is the future of recycling?
Recycling in Australia has come a long way in the past few decades from limited kerbside collections to industry wide responsibility programs. This progress is set to continue into the future.
What's in a label?
Reducing confusion is a key element in improving kerbside recycling. Planet Ark’s new Australian Recycling Label has been designed to do that just. The label shows in a simple standardised graphic the recyclability of each component of the packaging, using the well-recognised symbols of a Mobius loop. An evidence-based tool called the PREP and developed in partnership with GreenChip, that combines information about technical recyclability and access to a kerbside collection underpins the information contained in the label.
Two major Australian brands, Blackmores and Officeworks have started using the label on their products.
Despite much controversy a Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) is due to begin in New South Wales in 2017, following its success in South Australia and the Northern Territory. The scheme, where a 10c deposit is paid at the point of sale for eligible drink containers and returned when the container is recycled, aims to reduce the estimated 2 billion plastic bottles that are littered in NSW every year.
The decision by NSW to introduce a CDS has lead both the Queensland and ACT governments to consider a similar scheme and is predicted to strengthen the future of the recycling industry by creating jobs and investment in new infrastructure.
Closing the loop
Developing new products made from recycled materials that can replace or improve virgin material will be a key driver of future recycling.
Close the Loop, the resource recovery partner of ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ has worked to develop a groundbreaking product called TonerPave. TonerPave uses residual toner from cartridges as an additive in asphalt which improves the performance of roads as well as reducing the energy needed to make them.
- Look for the new Australian Recycling Label on Blackmores and Officeworks products and follow the instructions to recycle right.
- Recycle used cartridges, mobiles, batteries and TVs and computers to help ensure the programs collect sufficient material so they can invest in new processes and products.
- Closing the loop by buying products made from recycled materials, is one of the best ways to support the Australian recycling industry.
All Sorted - Answering the Big Recycling Questions Report
This report for National Recycling Week 2015 answers the seven big questions in recycling.