New recycling label launches

Federal government and industry leaders have officially launched the of the new Australasian Recycling Label at the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation’s Towards 2025 event in Melbourne.

“I am delighted that Australian businesses have moved so quickly to respond to the recycling challenges set by Australian governments. More than 50 businesses are now using this new recycling label on their packaging,” Federal Minister for the Environment Melissa Price said.

The labelling system has been co-designed by Planet Ark, PREP Design and the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), with the aim to provide easy-to-understand recycling information for consumers.

“The label removes confusion and reduces waste. It also helps prevent the wrong waste contaminating the recycling stream,” Ms Price said.

“We’ve endorsed these targets, as they build on our commitment at the April Meeting of the Environment Ministers to make 100 per cent of all packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025 or earlier.”

The industry-led waste targets will see 70 per cent of Australia’s plastic packaging being recycled or composted, 30 per cent average recycled content across all packaging and phasing out of problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic packaging. All this will build towards our 100 per cent target set for 2020.