Planet Ark News

Recycled in Australia

Date: 20-Feb-15
Author: Emily Donnelly

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce © Australian Paper

Think about how much paper passes though your hands each year at work. How much of it is recycled? Where has it travelled from to get to you? Well, staff at the Department of Agriculture in Canberra can now answer those questions with ease.

Paper and cardboard are among the most common waste products generated by Australian workplaces and they are also among the most commonly recycled. These good recycling habits, however, aren't replicated when it comes to buying recycled paper. In fact, less than one in six reams of paper currently used in Australia actually have recycled content. 

Which is why the recent decision by the federal Department of Agriculture to switch to Reflex 100% recycled paper, made in La Trobe Valley in Victoria from paper recycled in Australian workplaces, is such a positive story.

The change of policy was brought about following a recommendation from Minister for Agriculture and Nationals Deputy Leader, Barnaby Joyce, who has been championing the use of recycled Australian-made paper.

Australians are great at putting paper in the recycling bin and there is a growing trend of workplaces using copy paper with a high-recycled content.  Switching to paper with 50%, 80% or event 100% recycled content is a great way to close the recycling loop. In addition to government departments, more and more businesses (like National Australia Bank) are making the switch to recycled paper. 

There are still a number of myths hanging over from the early days of recycling paper, particularly around quality. The quality of recycled paper has now reached the point where most people cannot tell the difference between it and paper made from new material. If your workplace isn't using recycled paper, why not join the growing trend and give it a try? Using locally made recycled office paper is a positive action for your workplace and for the planet.

For further information visit ‘Make It Recycled'

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