The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has published the Recycled Content Guide, a new resource that will support Australian organisations to use more recycled content in packaging.
The guide is set to provide clear and practical information about how recycled content can be incorporated into packaging.
It will provides an introductory approach to recycled content, including what recycled content is, why using recycled content is important, and the environmental benefits.
The guide provides a detailed look at each material stream, exploring how recycled content can perform and be applied for a range of packaging types.
Materials that are detailed include plastics, paper, cardboard, glass, and metals.
The document will also provide a nine-step checklist for businesses to support the successful use of recycled content.
Brooke Donnelly, CEO of APCO, said the guide will help to inform the industry of how recycled content can be used for best practice.
“With more businesses working hard to achieve the 2025 National Packaging Targets, including the target of 50 per cent of average recycled content in packaging, clear guidance on what they need to do is so important – which is what this publication offers,” she said.
The guide follows the recently Recovered Polymer Specifications document, which provides a standard set of specifications for recycled materials suitable for manufacture into packaging.