Australia Post

Australia Post Logo © Claire Bell

At this year’s event Australia Post won the APC award for Outstanding Achievement in Packaging Stewardship. Australia Post is an excellent example of sustainability through collaboration with suppliers, customers and not-for-profits. Australia Post’s unrivalled national network puts it in a unique position to act as an enabler for a range of Product Stewardship Programs.

 

Australia Post has enabled customers to recycle more than 5 million printer cartridges through ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ and 71 tonnes of mobile handsets, batteries and chargers through MobileMuster

 

Key Achievements

  • In 2015, Australia Post reduced the volume of its waste sent to landfill by 17% or 1,700 tonnes
  • Achieved a total of more than 5 million printer cartridges recycled through the ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ program
  • Recycled a total of 71 tonnes of mobile handsets, batteries and chargers diverted from landfill through MobileMuster

 

Key Actions

  • Producing international mailbags using recycled polypropylene which are also recyclable
  • Developing new recycled content and recycled letter tray design which will significantly reduce landfill in 2017
  • Partnering with global recycler TerraCycle, enabling customers to repurpose products such as toothbrushes, cosmetic items, coffee pods and satchels by redirecting them through a network for recycling

“One of the great opportunities we see as a business is leveraging our network to make it easier for Australians to collect and return items that would otherwise go to landfill. For example, we have recently partnered with Nespresso to develop a prepaid satchel that allows their customers to collect and return used aluminium coffee capsules to be recycled simply by posting the satchel in any street posting box or any post office. As companies increasingly look for ways to reduce their environmental footprint Australian Post is perfectly positioned to help them do this via our unrivalled network.”  Andrew Sellick, Head of Environmental Sustainability

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