Australia Is Finally About To Ban All Non-Recyclable Packaging

By Ange Law
30th Apr 2018

In what is quite possibly the best sustainability news (for today, anyway), Australia is finally planning to ban all non-recyclable packaging by 2025. And we know that feels like a long way away, but hey, better a long game than no game at all, right? 

The whole thing has come about since China announced they’d stop importing waste for processing at their recycling facilities, and since that accounts for 35% of Australia’s recyclable plastics and 30% of recyclable paper and cardboard, this has to be dealt with ASAP. Which brings us to this announcement from the Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenburg and the Assistant Minister for the Environment, Melissa Price.

The bottom line is that we need to reduce the amount of waste we produce as a country or our landfill issue will become exponentially worse. So The Commonwealth has agreed to work with the state and territory governments to not only ensure all packaging is recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025 (or sooner) but to further develop our own recycling industry to process all the waste previously sent to China. Sounds pretty good, no? 

This comes as a wider movement to ban single-use plastics and honestly, cannot come sooner enough. You can read the full statement here

In the meantime, here's a simple plan to help you go plastic-free at home. 

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