Packaging is important for ensuring the quality, safety and convenience of food and beverage products but it also generates waste. Packaging is made from a number of different materials, most of which can be collected for recycling. While some councils provide a business recycling service, most commercial recyclers also provide co-mingled recycling bins, for plastic, paper, glass, aluminium and cartons. Co-mingled recycling is a simple waste solution as only one bin is required for multiple materials and can be arranged through most recyclers.
Food & Beverage Packaging
Almost two out of every three aluminium cans in Australia are recycled, with huge benefits to the environment and community. Aluminium doesn't degrade so it can be recycled indefinitely.
Aluminium doesn't degrade so it can be recycled indefinitely. In order for Aluminium Foil to be successfully picked up at the recycling centre, it is important to screw it up into at least a 2 cm wide ball - about the size of golf ball.
Egg Cartons made from cardboard are easily and effectively recycled which can prevent the release of methane from cardboard in landfill, saves trees and reduces water and energy use.
Recycling via a manufacturers program like Nespresso’s can turn this waste into resources, such as turning coffee grounds into compost and aluminium can be infinitely recycled into new products.
Over 4 million tonnes of packaging are used in Australia every year. By recycling packaging and containers this helps prevents environmental contamination, it diverts waste from landfill and can reduce the energy output compared to production from raw materials.
Cork is a unique material as it is renewable, biodegradable and fully recyclable. Recycling cork reduces demand placed on cork plantations and other resources.
Glass containers like bottles and jars can be easily and effectively recycled. This reduces energy output and conserves the natural resources used to produce virgin glass, sand, soda ash and limestone.
Pizza Boxes made from cardboard which are relatively free from food scraps and grease, are easily and effectively recycled which can prevent the release of methane from cardboard in landfill, saves trees and reduces water and energy use.
Once plastic wrap is cleaned and uncontaminated it can be recycled effectively into new plastic products, saving a useful resource and diverting waste from landfill.