Australians are keen recyclers. Nine in every ten of us have kerbside recycling bins and together we recycle about 37 million tonnes of waste every year. That’s 2.7 tonnes each! Even so there’s room for improvement. Only 32% of plastic used in Australia last year was recycled.
We can do better, but how?
This is one of the questions tackled by Coca-Cola and Planet Ark during National Recycling Week - an annual awareness campaign run by Planet Ark that promotes best practice in recycling.
Well run container deposit schemes are one example. They support a circular recycling economy, which means every bottle you recycle has the best chance to come back as another bottle. In Australia, we’ve made a big reduction in how much plastic we use each year – all our plastic bottles under 1L are made from 100 per cent recycled plastic.
Check out this video to understand how container deposit schemes work and make your recycling count!