Australia’s Recycling Sector To Be Remodeled

Australia's Recycling Sector To Be Remodeled

Following policy shifts in China and the federal government, Australia received new recycling targets. 

Straws, cutlery, and other kinds of single-use plastics are slowly going extinct. Meanwhile, larger amounts of packaging must be made of recycled materials. Businesses and governments, as well as consumers, should be prepared for changes.

At the beginning of 2018, China introduced its National Sword Policy, which imposed strict limitations on waste imports. The policy brought serious consequences to Australia’s recycling sector, sending thousands of tonnes of waste to landfills.

As a result, the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation created a set of packaging targets expected to be set in motion in 2025. These aim to make 100% of packaging recyclable, reusable, or compostable. In fact, 70% of plastic wrapping will have to be composted or recycled, while single-use plastics are set to be banned by 2025.

To reach the set recycling targets, food and drink companies introduced changes to their production process. Namely, over 60 organisations signed a deal to decrease plastic waste in the country and the region. 

On top of that, the Australian Council of Recycling plans to develop an app called Recycle Mate. The app lets people scan items and helps them find out which products can or cannot be recycled. 

Another way to reduce the huge amount of plastic waste produced in Australia is plastic-eating enzymes. Samsara, a company supported by the Australian National University, thinks the enzymes could make plastic infinitely recyclable.

However, even with the new changes and technological development, the future of plastic remains to be seen.

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