Author: Jennifer McMillan
It’s Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week (12 – 18 November) and we hope you’ll take the journey with us From Waste War to Recycling Reboot. There are plenty of ways you can get involved whether it’s supporting buying recycled by getting involved in Buy It Back Day or rebooting your recycling knowledge.
This year’s report From Waste War to Recycling Reboot draws on information and data from a range of sources including independent research commissioned by Planet Ark and conducted by Pollinate and a Planet Ark administered survey of 182 councils.
Paul Klymenko, Planet Ark CEO, said the impact of the War on Waste series along with China’s National Sword Policy has applied the blowtorch to Australia’s recycling system.
“One of the great things about crises is that they focus the attention of all areas of society on finding solutions. While acknowledging we have a long way to go there are many positive outcomes to report. Planet Ark’s research confirms that Australians see kerbside recycling as an essential service,” said Mr Klymenko.
The research found that over half the population have high levels of trust that the materials collected in recycling programs across the board are recycled. However, around half are still confused about what happens to their kerbside recycling.
There has never been a more challenging time for managing Australia’s waste. The theme from Waste War to Recycling Reboot will uncover the journey of our recycling beyond the bin as we explore the opportunities of moving towards a circular economy.
Read the full report From Waste War to Recycling Reboot.
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Find out more about Buy It Back Day.
Jennifer joined the Planet Ark team to support the 2018 National Tree Day campaign. With a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Master’s degree in Journalism, she is passionate about science communication with a focus on multimedia storytelling. Prior to joining the Planet Ark team she travelled to Jordan as a foreign correspondent. She works as a vet nurse in her spare time!