Author: Ryan Collins
A new report titled So You Think You Can Recycle? released for National Recycling Week shows that Australians are keen recyclers but most of us are still making mistakes. Most people are engaged in recycling at home and think they understand recycling well, but this creates the belief that it’s always “someone else” who isn’t a good recycler.
The research also found some surprises like the fact that the most committed recyclers are more likely to make two key mistakes and that there are even differences based on age and gender.
NSW EPA social research found that almost everyone thinks they understand the recycling process, from those that are considered enthusiastic, committed recyclers to those disengaged towards recycling.
Planet Ark’s research showed a number of differences between the sexes and age groups with women and older generations on top in their recycling behaviour.
The recent Australian Packaging Covenant awards showcased examples of businesses driving success and innovation in the waste and recycling area. Some of their key achievements include:
Check that you are doing the right thing at home by following the Golden Rules of Kerbside Recycling and then share them on social media for National Recycling Week (7-13 Nov).
Ryan is the Recycling Programs Manager at Planet Ark. After nearly a decade working in the banking and finance industry Ryan was drawn to a career in environmental conservation that saw him work in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji. With a background in psychology and environmental management, Ryan’s role at Planet Ark since 2012 has been focused on developing engaging and positive environmental behaviour change programs to help everyone recycle and reduce waste.