NEW AUSTRALASIAN RECYCLING LABELS
The new Australasian Recycling Labels like those shown above are starting to appear on goods packaged in Australia and New Zealand, which will assist us all to recycle the various parts of packaging correctly.
Each individual part of the packaging will show a symbol indicating how that part should best be recycled or disposed of appropriately.
RECYCLING BY NUMBERS – the old system
|The old system which numbered plastics 1 to 7 was confusing as the number within the triangular symbol relates to the resin type used to manufacture the item/packaging NOT whether the new item/packaging was recyclable.|
This system will gradually be phased out and be replaced by the new Australasian Recycling Labels.
The best way to check if a plastic item is recyclable in the kerbside (yellow lid bin) is to ‘do the scrunch test’ – if an item scrunches up in your hand and bounces back to its original shape (or close to) it can be disposed of in the kerbside recycling bin, but keep checking the labels on your favourite grocery items/packaging for the new recycling labels.
Shopping bags, cling film and most plastic wrap on the outside of bottles or other goods is usually soft plastic and must be disposed of in the general waste bin (blue/red lid) bin.
Want to know more CLICK HERE to download the new Australasian Recycling Label Fact Sheet.