Australia to make all packaging 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable 

Melissa Price
Australian Environment minister Melissa Price

The Australian Minister for the Environment Melissa Price has announced that all packaging is to be 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025 or earlier. 

This follows a new Australasian Recycling Label which provides clearer recycling information, with more than more than 50 businesses now using this new recycling label on their packaging. 


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It is hoped this label will now help consumers decide which bin to use, as well as remove confusion and reduce waste.  

The industry-led waste targets will also see: 

  • 70% of Australia’s plastic packaging being recycled or composted 
  • 30% average recycled content across all packaging 
  • Phasing out unnecessary single-use plastic packaging.  

The Minister said this will help the 100% recycling target set for 2020.

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