Plastic recycling industry changes take effect in Australia

In July last year, strict rules governing the export of plastics came into effect and new conditions are expected to be imposed on exported plastic from July 2022.

MELBOURNE, Australia – May 25, 2022 – (


According to Waste Sense, independent service provider Melbourne waste management servicesGlobally, the Australian government and the recycling industry have made significant investments in improving recycling infrastructure and technologies aimed at increasing the nation’s recycling capacity.

The regulations were designed to ensure that 70% of plastic waste is recycled or composted by 2025. According to Waste Sense, this year’s federal budget added an additional $60.4 million to the Recycling Modernization Fund (RMF) , bringing the total federal government investment to $250 million. .

The RMF now totals $1 billion and includes cash from industry and state governments. It aims to help with new technologies and infrastructure to ensure that hard-to-recycle plastics, including soft plastics and take-out containers, can be fully remanufactured locally. Waste Sense explains that Australia is now set to increase its national plastics reprocessing capacity from 227,000 tonnes in 2020-2021 to 420,000 tonnes by 2025.

As more Australians realize that flexible plastic packaging can be transformed into new products, they are beginning to take responsibility for the end of life of their packaging, says Waste Sense. The REDcycle program is an innovative flexible plastic recycling initiative aimed at ensuring that manufacturers, retailers and consumers share responsibility for creating a sustainable future. It was designed to make it easy for consumers to keep plastic bags and wraps out of landfills, with bins in nearly 2,000 major supermarkets across the country.

According to REDcycle, there was a 200% increase in volume collected in the 2020-21 fiscal year. REDcycle sends collected plastic to manufacturers to turn the material into new items, including furniture, bollards, signage, an alternative to PolyRok concrete and more.

For the country’s transition to home recycling to be successful, Waste Sense stresses the need to continue to ensure consumers understand how creating a robust market for products made from recycled materials will contribute to a real economy. circular.

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Plastic recycling industry changes take effect in Australia