Biodegradable and compostable plastic can go in my recycling bin

Here's why

Many brands today are trying to improve their sustainability by providing biodegradable or compostable packaging, but these claims can often add to recycling confusion. Neither biodegradable or compostable packaging should be disposed of via your kerbside council recycling bin as it results in contamination of the plastic and recycling stream. 

  • 63% of Aussies incorrectly think biodegradable and compostable plastic items can be put in the recycling bin. A further 12% are unsure, meaning only 25% of us are getting it right.1
  • Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) collections have been introduced by a number of Australian councils  (75 out of 538), however not all accept compostable plastic packaging.3
  • When littered all types of plastic will persist in the environment for a length of time with the possibility of affecting wildlife.

 

Choose your action!

  • Avoid single-use plastic like takeaway containers, straws and utensils where possible.
  • Find where you can BYO container via Trashless Takeaway.
  • If your council has a FOGO collection, check if compostable packaging is accepted via RecyclingNearYou or contact your council directly. 
  • If you have home composting, look for ‘Home Compostable’ verification AS 5810-2010 on packaging to be sure the item will be composted.

1Planet Ark commissioned research by Pollinate 2019

2Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (2019)

Biodegradable & Compostable Packaging Working Group 2018,

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