February 10 2021 – Katie Warrener
Well, it’s definitely exciting times ahead with the announcement of the largest recycling plant in Australia being built this year. February 5th 2021, marked the official start of construction of the new 45 million dollar plant in Albury, which is deemed to be complete by October this year.
Thanks to 3 major stake holders (Asahi, Pact and Cleanaway) and the NSW Government coughing up just under 5 million from the environmental Trust, the new movement towards a circular economy is happening.
The plants major focus will be on packaging. The goal is that by 2025, all Australian companies will be using packaging made out of recycled plastics or at least a content of recycled plastics. This is less than 4 years away, which is awesome.
A Quote taken from the Australian Packaging Covenant – https://www.environment.gov.au/protection/waste/plastics-and-packaging/packaging-covenant
“Ministers agreed to the ambitious target that 100 per cent of Australian packaging be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025 or earlier to cut down on the amount of waste we produce.”
When you think of how many items we buy on a weekly (or maybe daily) basis that are wrapped in plastic, the thought of it all being made compostable, reusable or from recycling within 4 years is a huge deal. What a win!!! And this all stems from the majority of the Australian people and Australian companies embracing the recycling movement.
What’s just as exciting is that the Morrison Government have already started putting the wheels in motion for recycling within the textile industry here in Australia.
Watch this space…. There’s more to come.