Nine in ten Australians know that plastic bottles can be recycled in your kerbside council recycling bin.1 PET (what most plastic beverage bottles are made out of) can actually be recycled numerous times into plastic bottles and other items, such as shoes, carpet and backpacks. There is a strong market for certain types of recycled plastic and PET is one of them, which means recycling centres are keen to get their hands on your plastic bottles.
Coca-Cola Australia recently announced that by the end of 2019, all of Coca-Cola’s bottles, 600ml and under, will be made out of 100% recycled plastic (rPET). This move will reduce the amount of virgin plastic used by around 10,000 tonnes per year, while also increasing demand for recycled plastic domestically.
Choose your action!
- Vote with your dollars and look for plastic packaging that is recyclable and made with recycled content .
- Ask your favourite brands if they intend to use more recycled plastic in their packaging.
- Make use of Container Deposit Schemes in your state.
1Planet Ark commissioned research by Pollinate 2019