The Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) is an evidence based system that provides you with easy to understand recycling information when you need it most, in those few seconds when you are deciding what bin the package goes in.
The ARL removes confusion, saves you time and reduces waste.
Thanks to a partnership with the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), the ARL has just entered an exciting new phase. This development will allow more companies to adopt the ARL, more products with the label to hit the shelves and, most importantly, more resources being recovered. The companies who have already adopted the ARL include Woolworths, Officeworks, Blackmores, Australia Post, T2 and Plantic.
About the label
The ARL is designed to be easy to understand. It shows what needs to be done with each piece of a package to dispose of it in the best way. You will find this label on the packaging of participating brands.
How to interpret the label?
The example below shows the ARL as you might find on a box of chocolates.
The box is cardboard and is therefore recyclable in your kerbside recycling.
The tray is made from a material that is accepted in kerbside recycling by many but not all councils. You need to check with your local council to confirm. To check local recycling options for these conditionally recyclable items go to RecyclingNearYou.com.au.
The conditionally recyclable label can also have many instructions that help to ensure the material will be recycled when put into the kerbside recycling bin eg. Aluminium foil may have an instruction tab advising to 'scrunch into ball'.
The wrap is not recyclable so should be placed in your rubbish bin.
Why do we need it?
While our research has shown that Australians are good recyclers, we have also found that the majority of people are confused about recycling of common items. This can be caused by misleading or incorrect labelling on packaging and means that, even with the best intentions we may be sending precious recyclable materials to landfill.
That’s why we created the ARL, to help people make informed decisions and ensure our recycling efforts are resulting in maximum resource recovery.
Are you a brand owner looking to adopt the ARL?
Contact APCO to find out how you can join other leading businesses and put the ARL on your product packaging.
The ARL is underpinned by the Packaging Recyclability Evaluation Portal (PREP), which is an online tool that guides brand owners and packaging designers to help determine whether a packaging component is recyclable if disposed at kerbside, in Australia and New Zealand. Based on the result from PREP, brand owners will know exactly which logo from the ARL can be used to communicate the recyclability of their packaging.
Give your old Australian Post satchels a new lease on life
You will find the ARL on Australia Post satchels. These can be recycled by taking the following steps:
- Get your workplace, school, or organisation to collect mail satchels. You can then download and print a FREE mailing label to return your satchels to Terracycle to be recycled.
- Find your closest drop off location to return your satchels for recycling.