Source: Clean Up Australia.
What’s going on with recycling labels in Australia? And how is the ARL cutting down confusion?
Apparently the state of Australia’s recycling labels is a veritable “dog’s breakfast”. These are Pete Shimgel’s words, CEO of the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR) – not mine.
But they may as well be. Because when I think about the countless experiences I’ve had trying to decode packaging labels to figure out what goes in what bin – I can’t think of a better phrase. Like many of us, I just want to do the right thing, but sometimes it’s just too confusing.
In the statement, Shmigel is referring to a recent report
commissioned by ACOR and carried out by sustainability consultancy Equilibrium. The report found that 88% of the packaging components they sampled were recyclable, but only 40% had a recycling claim on them.
It also found that 55% of imported products and 64% of Australian products displayed some sort of recyclability claim, 29% had the “Mobius Loop” recycling symbol, 29% had a resin code symbol (easily mistaken for a recyclability symbol), 15% had the Tidyman logo, and that overall, there was no consistent style, placement or sizing.
Dog’s breakfast may be an understatement. But here’s some good news – 23% of products had the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL). For both consumers and businesses alike, this is a really good sign (or label, more accurately).