True recycling occurs when items that you’ve put in your recycling bin or dropped off at a collection point are turned into new materials. In fact, recycling only works when products made from recycled materials are purchased by consumers, businesses and governments. This creates a circle of supply and demand and supports Australian jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries.
- There are probably more items made from recycled materials than you realise with Planet Ark research showing most people are unaware that products like road surfaces (40%), carpet (50%) and steel cans (32%) can be made from recycled content.1
- Planet Ark research found 70% of Australians are more likely to buy products containing recycled materials.2
- Governments at all levels are adopting procurement policies that require products to contain a certain percentage of recycled material. Recently, nine councils in South Australia signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to prioritise the purchase of products made from recycled materials.
- Innovative companies such as Close the Loop and Downer are producing recycled road surfaces containing recycled glass, soft plastics and toner from printer cartridges collected via Cartridges 4 Planet Ark. Councils in every state are using this new recycled road surface with many more to come.
- By the end of 2019, every single bottle, 600ml and under, across Coca-Cola's range of beverages will by made with 100% recycled plastic.
1Planet Ark commissioned research by Pollinate 2017
2Planet Ark commissioned research by Pollinate 2017