National Recycling Week

National Recycling Week

8 - 14 November, 2021

Let's all become better at recycling and managing our rubbish


What is National Recycling Week?

National Recycling Week helps you reduce your waste and recycle right. 

This year's theme is 'Recovery - A future beyond the bin'. We invite you to value your resources, giving them a second life by reducing virgin resource use, reusing and recycling. Reducing our waste not only keeps valuable materials out of landfill it also benefits the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and our need for new materials. Reducing and reusing can also save you money at home and in the workplace.

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Our three main material areas are: packaging, e-waste and food. 

Steps to Recycle food Waste  Did you know? The cost of food waste for the average household each year is $1,026! It's enough for a a return flight to Fiji. 

Steps to Recycle E-Waste  21.7Kg is the amount of e-waste each Australian disposes of each year, one of the highest in the world. 

Steps to Recycle Packaging Just 16% of plastic packaging is recovered in Australia compared to 63% of paper and cardboard packaging. Follow the steps to recycle packaging better. 

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Why do we need National Recycling Week?

Recycling can be confusing, especially since China’s effective ban on recycling imports and media coverage about the “waste crisis”. To ensure recycling is sustainable in Australia, Planet Ark aims to increase trust in recycling and help Australians recycle correctly. 

Engaging Australians on the importance of closing the recycling loop by buying products made with recycled content is also key to creating a sustainable future. We need to rethink our waste and see it as a resource that can be turned into new products. By keeping these materials in circulation for as long as possible, this benefits the environment by reducing the extraction of virgin materials for new products, as well as the water and energy it takes to make them.

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