Rocking Recycling Competition

Getting recycling labels right, will come in handy if you are a Red Hot Chili Peppers fan.

January 18, 2019Alejandra Laclette

Rethink - Sustainable clutter free living

Eco Organiser and Planet Ark ambassador encourages us to Rethink decluttering, in a responsible and sustainable manner.

January 17, 2019Tanya Lewis

Keep your eco footprint small these holidays with Planet Ark's holiday hacks

Make the most of the holidays with Planet Ark's Holiday Hacks for Living Large with a Small Footprint.

December 11, 2018Josh Cole

Choosing an eco-friendly Christmas tree

For a lot of us, Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a tree, so should you fake it or go fresh?

December 11, 2018Debbie Agnew

Zero waste kit - Making reducing waste easy

Do you want to be more in control of the waste you or your family are producing? We make it easy with this zero waste kit to tackle the big guns of everyday waste.

December 11, 2018Liam Taylor

A pretty, personalised and waste-free Christmas hamper

Need to give that special someone something extra special? You can create a bespoke, memorable, and unique gift experience, right from the comfort of your home.

December 11, 2018Liam Taylor

Tips for better holiday motoring

With the holidays just around the corner, many Australians will be gearing up to hit the road to attend parties, travel to their favourite holiday spot or just the local beach or national park. So Planet Ark has provided some tips to reduce your impact on the environment and your wallet.

December 11, 2018Liam Taylor

The new regifting - giving recycled products

Have you thought about buying something new that's actually old? Don't be confused, we're talking about buying products made from recycled materials, whether is wallets made from bicycle tyres or rings made from old silver spoons. Buying recycled is the ultimate regifting.

December 10, 2018Claire Bell

5 things you can create from your holiday waste

Whilst Australian's tend to consume a lot more during the holiday season, there are ways to reduce your waste footprint, be it from packaging or food and beverages. We have 5 tips to repurpose your waste and give it a second life before disposing into the recycling or waste bin!

December 10, 2018Claire Bell

Your workplace can give back this Christmas

As we head into the Holiday Season, offices across the country are looking forward to wrapping up the work year with Christmas celebrations. While we all look forward to celebrating the achievements of the year, it's also a great time to think about how to not only make your Christmas celebrations more sustainable but also use them as an opportunity to give back to the community.

December 7, 2018Nell MacDonald

Everyday Enviro with Elise - Shifting to regifting

Elise explores why it seems more socially acceptable to buy a cheap piece of plastic to give as a gift, than to hand down a higher value, preloved item in good condition.

December 3, 2018Elise Catterall

Colour me happy - recycle your old paint!

Most of us have some paint tins in the garage or shed that are partially used or old and we don't know how to dispose of them. Paintback brings Australia a paint disposal solution.

December 3, 2018Claire Bell

Brisbane Tool Library takes share economy to the next level

Do you need a drill or do you need a hole drilled? Brisbane's tool library encourages sharing tools in a new approach to consumption.

December 3, 2018Marty Middlebrook

'Single-use' named 2018 word of the year

In yet another sign of growing awareness and concern for global plastic consumption and its impact on our natural environment, 'single-use' has been named the Collins' Word of the Year 2018.

November 19, 2018Liam Taylor

Are you a recycling guru?

Do you know what is the biggest mistake that residents make when recycling? What is the benefit of using aluminium coffee capsules? What used material is being recycled and added to road base? Challenge yourself with Planet Ark's Recycle Right Quiz and you could WIN 1 of 10 Biome Plastic Free Kits valued at $82 or 1 of 6 eWood Garden Bed Kits valued at $219!

November 16, 2018Ryan Collins

4 things you didn't know about Tetra Pak cartons

There are so many different types of food and drink packaging on the shelves nowadays. One type, Tetra Pak cartons, was created way back in the early 1950s, starting with a triangular pyramid (tetrahedron) shaped cream carton. While the shape of packaging has continued to evolve, so has their impact on the planet. Here are four things you may not know about Tetra Paks that relate to their sustainability.

November 16, 2018Ryan Collins

Queenscliff's Lauren Esplin makes a point about disposable plastics

As many new parents will attest the first few months of a babies' life do not usually leave much spare time to pursue creative endeavours. Fortunately for Queenscliff-based artist, Lauren Esplin, she had just signed up to an artistic collective that would allow her to make a strong comment on our disposable plastic culture.

November 14, 2018Liam Taylor

Chris Fong's tennis clocks

When Chris Fong, a year 6 student at Kings School, Paramatta tried to return one of his broken tennis racquets to his tennis centre, he was surprised to hear the racquet would ultimately end up in landfill.

November 14, 2018Liam Taylor

Ballarat's Food is Free Laneway

Lou Ridsdale founded Food is Free Laneway in October 2014 as a space for people to drop off or collect surplus nutritious food (veggies, fruit, herbs etc) for free and connect with the neighbourhood.

November 12, 2018Liam Taylor

Burleigh Heads Boomerang Bags

Tania Potts and Jordyn de Boer started Boomerang Bags, a grassroots, community driven movement to divert fabric from landfill by turning it into reusable bags that support both the environment and the local community.

November 12, 2018Liam Taylor

Brisbane's recycled fashion shows

Brisbane will play host to two unique fashion shows this National Recycling Week, in which clothing will be made from recycled materials.

November 12, 2018Josh Cole

Data management tips for recycling peace of mind

Are you hanging on to your old broken mobile phone or other device because you don't know how to deal with your personal data? Some handy tips can help you feel secure about letting go of your device and get it recycled.

November 12, 2018Claire Bell

Where does your used coffee go?

Nespresso is dedicated to ensuring your last drop of coffee does not need to equal its last use.

November 12, 2018Lacey-Mai Shea

Reboot your perspective on recycling this National Recycling Week

New research commissioned by Planet Ark released for National Recycling Week. Check out how we are going to reboot recycling

November 8, 2018Liam Taylor

Unilever takes steps towards a circular economy

Unilever makes the move away from the linear model of "take-make-dispose" towards a circular economy by finding a new life for rigid plastic recycled from Australian homes

November 7, 2018Jennifer McMillan

How to responsibly donate

Winter is gone, it's time to fling open the cupboards, sort, organise, declutter and responsibly donate unwanted items.

October 25, 2018Tanya Lewis

Everyday Enviro with Elise - If in doubt, leave it out

This week in Everday Enviro, Elise looks at the issues with wishful recycling ('wish-cycling') and why the first rule should be if in doubt, leave it out.

October 25, 2018Elise Catterall

Naturale pledges to end recycling labelling confusion

We are delighted to announce that one of our longest supporters and endorsed products has adopted the Australasian Recycling Label.

October 17, 2018Liam Taylor

Recycle Street is easy street for City of Gold Coast recyclers

A trip to the local recycling centre may not be everyone's cup of tea, but the 'Recycle Street' project aims to at least make it easier and more accessible for local residents.

October 9, 2018Josh Cole

Everyday Enviro with Elise - Buy nothing new month

Over the next month Elise will be begging, borrowing, bartering, swapping and, most importantly, buying nothing new!

September 25, 2018Elise Catterall

New research sheds light on Australian attitudes towards environmental sustainability

A new study from HP Australia and Planet Ark found some interesting insights for businesses. One is that Australians are now looking to businesses and brands when it comes to action on environmental sustainability.

September 20, 2018Liam Taylor

Lake Macquarie Council paving the way for recycled roads

Lake Macquarie council has approved an $8 million Downer Group plant to recycle waste materials into roads.

September 20, 2018Jennifer McMillan

Make the Naturale choice at the supermarket

Buying products that contain recycled content is a positive environmental action Planet Ark keenly promotes. Endorsing Naturale tissue products is one way we can help consumers make an informed choice at the supermarket.

August 22, 2018Claire Bell

Turning the tide on trash with the ABC's War On Waste

Craig Reucassel is back at it with Season 2 of the War On Waste and Planet Ark is ready for action!

July 24, 2018Liam Taylor

Reflections on a Plastic Free July

Going a month without purchasing plastic is quite a challenge - but it can be surprisingly fun and encourage great new experiences.

July 24, 2018Marty Middlebrook

Where are we with e-waste recycling?

E-waste recycling solutions will represent a major part of the movement towards a circular economy in Australia. So where are we currently?

July 23, 2018Liam Taylor

China challenge an opportunity for the Australian recycling industry

China's restriction on the import of waste materials has presented a short term challenge but in the long term, the Australian recycling sector has the potential to flourish as consumers, businesses and the government build a circular economy.

July 23, 2018Ryan Collins

Packaging industry moves towards better plastic recycling outcomes

Rigid plastics has traditionally been a problem area for recycling due to sourcing issues and economic and technical feasibility - but that could be changing.

July 12, 2018Liam Taylor

Everyday Enviro with Elise - Small changes with big impact

Elise with some tips on reducing kitchen waste as part of her Plastic Free July journey.

July 4, 2018Elise Catterall

Are you ready for the supermarket plastic bag ban?

This Sunday (July 1) marks the date when all Coles, Woolworths and IGA stores have pledged to phase out single-use plastic bags if they haven't done so already.

June 29, 2018Liam Taylor

Are you ready for the supermarket plastic bag ban?

This Sunday (July 1) marks the date when all Coles, Woolworths and IGA stores have pledged to phase out single-use plastic bags if they haven't done so already.

June 29, 2018Liam Taylor

Seven environmental initiatives from Officeworks

With 166 stores, a national call centre and over 7,000 team members, Officeworks is meeting the sustainability challenges by providing solutions for customers and their own operations. Here's 7 ways they are making a difference...

June 26, 2018Claire Bell

Budding Australian solutions for plastic waste

In recent times we've seen a number of innovative solutions to the issue of plastic waste springing up around Australia.

June 26, 2018Liam Taylor

War on Waste is back!

ABC's War on Waste, the landmark series that sparked action across the country to cut Australia's staggering waste levels, is returning to TV. In 2017 the program reached 4.3 million viewers across Australia and broke records on social media. Find out what host Craig Reucassel will be tackling in the new series.

June 21, 2018Ryan Collins

The recycling label ending confusion

At Planet Ark we pride ourselves on being highly knowledgeable when it comes to recycling. But sometimes, even we have to stop and take a few minutes to figure out recycling gripes like 'lid on or lid off'? This is where the Australasian Recycling Label comes into play. So who is guiding its development and community education?

June 19, 2018Alejandra Laclette

Did your council or workplace make the top ten?

Find out which councils and workplaces collected the most cartridges in the last 12months, contributing to a record-breaking 38 million collected since 2003!

June 14, 2018Claire Bell

How Cartridges 4 Planet Ark is part of the solution to plastic pollution

In a new initiative, toner from printer cartridges collected via our Cartridges 4 Planet Ark recycling program around Australia can now be mixed with soft plastic and stockpiled glass to make a new road surface. It's not only diverting waste from landfill but is also up to 65% more durable than normal asphalt!

June 6, 2018Claire Bell

MobileMuster and Envirostream help councils in VIC

MobileMuster, Australia's government accredited mobile phone recycling program has partnered with Envirostream, local battery recycler, to help Councils in Victoria get ready for the impending e-waste ban to landfill.

May 11, 2018Ryan Collins

Battery industry leaders welcome support of Ministers for fast tracking a battery stewardship scheme

The Chairman of the Battery Stewardship Council, Mr Gerry Morvell, today welcomed the announcement by Australian Environment Ministers at their recent meeting in Melbourne of their support for fast tracking the development of a stewardship scheme that will eventually result in all types of batteries being recycled in Australia.

May 4, 2018Ryan Collins

Planet Ark urges Ipswich Council to reverse decision to send valuable materials to landfill - and the Council agrees

We think that Ipswich council's decision to send all residential kerbside recycling to landfill is an unfortunate reaction to China's National Sword Policy AKA the 'China Ban'. Update - This decision has been reversed!

April 20, 2018Josh Cole

The 'queen of green steel' launches landmark e-waste microfactory

Professor Veena Sahajwalla, the founder and director of UNSW's Sustainable Material Research & Technology Centre (SMaRT), has launched a world-first miniature factory that turns e-waste into material for 3D printing.

April 9, 2018Josh Cole

Win the war on waste at work!

Whether you're a barista or a brickie, we've launched 10 tools to win the war on waste at work.

March 27, 2018Ryan Collins

NSW Government pledges $47 million to support recycling

The NSW Government will release a one-off package of up to $47 million to support local government and industry to respond to China's National Sword policy.

March 21, 2018Claire Bell

A pen that can be recycled again and again and again!

What do your recycled printer cartridges get made into? There are a range of products but one that you can use at work or at home is the Enviroliner™ pen.

March 1, 2018Claire Bell

Compatible printer cartridges are not what you think they are

For many it's tempting to buy a compatible cartridge for your printer rather than the branded version. They are cheaper and look the same and some may think they are greener. But, there are hidden costs.

March 1, 2018Claire Bell

How online sharing groups are building communities

A Planet Ark staffer shares how giving through an online reuse group gave her a whole new perspective on her local community and the love that can be shared between strangers.

February 19, 2018Claire Bell

Our green resolutions

There's always more ways to be green. The team at Planet Ark share their environmental goals for 2018 and how we plan to stick to them.

January 11, 2018Marty Middlebrook

How to fight a festive war on waste at Christmas

The 12 DOs of Christmas are twelve simple positive actions to reduce festive waste

December 4, 2017Claire Bell

How to Reduce Spending and Your Eco-Footprint This Christmas

With Australians spending over $1,000 at Christmas, some forward planning for meals and presents can lead to big savings for your wallet and eco-footprint.

November 30, 2017Ryan Collins

National Recycling Week tips to help win the War on Waste

With National Recycling Week now over, how are you fairing with your War on Waste? Well here are our top tips for, just in time for ABC TV's War on Waste Episode 4 to be aired in just 2 weeks time on Sunday, 3 December.

November 19, 2017Ryan Collins

Pay it forward and get a recycled bargain on Buy It Back Day

The first ever Buy It Back Day will be held on Saturday 18 November! It will highlight the importance of closing the recycling loop and reducing waste by buying products made from recycled materials or buying reclaimed rather than new.

November 17, 2017Carol Warwick

Inspiring story: "Charging" up local battery recycling

Batteries are "charging" up the waste stream, that is, battery waste is growing fast. The sources of battery waste is increasing and come from a variety of industries such as electric and hybrid vehicles, power tools, domestic and industrial applications, power generation and renewable energy storage systems. One company is has started recycling these types of batteries right here in Australia.

November 17, 2017Ryan Collins

Inspiring story: Making 3D printer parts from e-waste

The Sustainable Materials Research & Technology division at the University of New South Wales (SMaRT UNSW), led by Planet Ark ambassador Professor Veena Sahajwalla, focuses on research and development of green materials, made from rubbish. You'll be inspired by their innovative environmental solutions for some of the world's biggest waste challenges.

November 17, 2017Ryan Collins

Inspiring story: Building roads from cigarette butts

Cigarette butts are the most littered item in Australia. Recently, RMIT University found a way to deal with the 1.2 million tonne problem that sees the release of toxic chemicals into the environment every year. Check out their brilliant solution.

November 16, 2017Ryan Collins

Inspiring story: Creating outdoor furniture from soft plastics

As Australia's leading manufacturer of products made from recycled soft plastics, innovation is core to Replas' business. And it's not just outdoor furniture that they make. Read on to find out what else is available.

November 15, 2017Ryan Collins

Inspiring story: Landscaping a garden bed from printer cartridges

Close the Loop is Australia's biggest resource recovery and recycling company for printing consumables and the resource recovery partner for 'Cartridges for Planet Ark'. It is driven by a promise of zero-waste-to-landfill and innovation. Some of the recycled products to come out of this initiative will amaze!

November 15, 2017Ryan Collins

Inspiring story: Sporting fields made from tyres

Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) is a government supported product stewardship initiative that aims to effectively reduce the environmental, health and safety impacts of the 56 million tyres (equivalent passenger units) that reach their end of life each year. Check out the results of their inspiring research projects that are providing innovation for our circular economy.

November 14, 2017Ryan Collins

There's still time for a Fling

On Friday 17 November, businesses, schools and councils all over Australia will be flinging their old files to get good quality paper back into the recycle cycle. All workplaces who register for a Friday File Fling will have 20 chances to win 5 cartons of Planet Ark 100% Australian Recycled Paper. There's still time to register...

November 13, 2017Ryan Collins

The missing piece of the recycling puzzle

It's National Recycling Week (November 13-19). Find out why buying recycled matters...

November 13, 2017Carol Warwick

New NT recycling education resources

Northern Territory residents now have improved access to container deposit scheme information via Planet Ark's RecyclingNearYou website. In addition, councils and community groups can use new resources such as posters and graphics to promote the recycling scheme.

November 12, 2017Ryan Collins

Mobile for a meal, recycling feeds those in need

MobileMuster and OzHarvest have teamed up to give Australians a great reason to recycle their mobile phones. This summer for every mobile recycled through MobileMuster they will deliver a meal to someone in need through OzHarvest.

November 7, 2017Ryan Collins

Fight waste and get a bargain at the Big Aussie Swap

Planet Ark is calling on Australians to join the War on Waste and take part in the Big Aussie Swap during National Recycling Week from 13th - 19th November, as councils, community groups and individuals around the country get on board.

October 4, 2017Josh Cole

Epson elevates commitment to cartridge recycling

Epson has stepped up its partnership with Planet Ark to the highest level by becoming a Full Partner of 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'. With over 3.5 million Epson printer cartridges already recycled, this commitment will build on this 14 year product stewardship success story. So why does Epson believe this is the right thing to do?

September 26, 2017Ryan Collins

Does your school recycle right? Take the Challenge!

Schools around the country are invited to join the Schools Recycle Right Challenge, a National Recycling Week initiative.

September 21, 2017Carol Warwick

What do Smiths, Kathmandu and Jurlique have in common?

The Australian Packaging Covenant was formed by industry to strive for environmentally responsible packaging. The recent annual awards ceremony has celebrated the brands making a real difference through responsible packaging.

September 13, 2017Marty Middlebrook

Facing down fast fashion with up-cycled clothes

In an effort to curb the environmental and ethical cost of textiles manufacturing and waste, more and more people are choosing to up-cycle their clothes or buy second hand. This 'slow fashion revolution' encourages consumers to think about the entire life cycle of their wardrobe.

September 1, 2017Billy Pringle

Facing down fast fashion with up-cycled clothes

In an effort to curb the environmental and ethical cost of textiles manufacturing and waste, more and more people are choosing to up-cycle their clothes or buy second hand. This 'slow fashion revolution' encourages consumers to think about the entire life cycle of their wardrobe.

September 1, 2017Billy Pringle

Keep on recycling

The waste and recycling industry has been under the spotlight recently causing Australians to ask "Should we keep recycling?". Planet Ark says yes, and this is why ...

August 29, 2017Carol Warwick

Going plastic free: what does it take?

What does it take to go plastic free, even for a month, and what are some of the issues to consider? One of our staff member's has taken on the challenge for the month of July.

July 24, 2017Rebecca Gilling

Going plastic free: what does it take?

What does it take to go plastic free, even for a month, and what are some of the issues to consider? One of our staff member's has taken on the challenge for the month of July.

July 24, 2017Rebecca Gilling

Free child car seat recycling trial

A new child car safety seat recovery trial program has been set up in a number of location across Queensland, NSW and Victoria offering parents a free and environmentally-friendly option for disposing of their old child car restraints. The program ends soon so don't miss out.

July 21, 2017Ryan Collins

ABC's War on Waste creates unprecedented demand for sustainable coffee cups

KeepCup, the sustainable coffee cup company, has seen unprecedented demand for its products after the recent airing of the ABC's 'War on Waste' program.

July 6, 2017Elise Catterall

Planet Ark pays tribute to former Head of Campaigns, Brad Gray

We pay tribute to Brad Gray, our former Head of Campaigns for his role in making Planet Ark Australia's leading environmental behaviour change organisation.

July 5, 2017Marty Middlebrook

The Positive Results of the War on Waste

The ABC's War on Waste has taken the discussion about Australia's waste problems to new heights. And there are, already, several exciting positive outcomes with many more people looking for recycling options. It has made reusable coffee cups cool, super-sized soft plastics recycling and encouraged governments to act.

June 26, 2017Ryan Collins

What's the Deal with Coffee Cup Recycling?

Coffee cups. Recyclable or not? Well unfortunately it's not a simple 'yes' or 'no' answer at the moment. Find out why the confusion exists and the best way to dispose of your disposable cups.

May 29, 2017Brad Gray

How do we do better with our food waste?

According to ABC TV's War On Waste series, each week the average Australian family throws out 20% of the food they buy. That's one in every five bags of groceries! This adds up to 3.3 million tonnes of food a year, enough to fill the MCG 6 times over. So what can we do to, basically, just do better?

May 16, 2017Ryan Collins

Thanks Australia! 13,500 Printer Cartridges Recycled Every Working Day

13,500 printer cartridges were recycled every working day in the last year. So what does this fantastic achievement mean?

May 15, 2017Ryan Collins

Bingo Winning The Recycling Game

Leading waste management and recycling company expands with new facility and public listing on ASX.

May 12, 2017Laura Chalk

An Impressive 10 Million and Counting

Ten million is an impressive number. So printer manufacturer HP is understandably proud of seeing their ten millionth cartridge recycled though the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program.

May 11, 2017Laura Chalk

The Awful Truth About Nappies & Recycling

From the NSW Central Coast to Perth, thousands of used nappies make their way into the recycling system every day which, you have to admit, is a pretty awful thought. But it's even more disgusting when you realise that people hand-sort that recycling. Even if you don't have children read on and pass this message on to friends and family.

April 26, 2017Brad Gray

Three Behaviour Change Tricks for Home or Work

Trying to change people's behaviour can be a challenge whether at work, home or amongst friends. Understanding behaviour change psychology can play a critical role in whether your powers of persuasion will be successful. Take a look at three tips from our new Business Case for Less Waste guide.

April 26, 2017Ryan Collins

Three Behaviour Change Tricks for Home or Work

Trying to change people's behaviour can be a challenge whether at work, home or amongst friends. Understanding behaviour change psychology can play a critical role in whether your powers of persuasion will be successful. Take a look at three tips from our new Business Case for Less Waste guide.

April 26, 2017Ryan Collins

Three Behaviour Change Tricks for Home or Work

Trying to change people's behaviour can be a challenge whether at work, home or amongst friends. Understanding behaviour change psychology can play a critical role in whether your powers of persuasion will be successful. Take a look at three tips from our new Business Case for Less Waste guide.

April 26, 2017Ryan Collins

14 Items You Can Recycle - But Probably Aren't (Part Two)

In the second part of this article we look at seven more items that most Australians could be recycling - but probably aren't

March 29, 2017Brad Gray

Win An iPad Pro by Taking Our Survey

If you've used, then we'd like your feedback to make our service even better for you. Give us 5 minutes of your time to fill out the survey and you could win an iPad Pro or other tablet of your choice worth up to $850! Take the survey now...

March 21, 2017Ryan Collins

Big Data Combatting Big Litter

Technology and big data are helping individuals to create a litter free world in a connected and even fun way.

March 16, 2017Laura Chalk

4 Ways to Make the Business Case for Less Waste

The new guide that makes the business case for less waste. Save money, get a competitive edge and improve staff morale

March 14, 2017Ryan Collins

14 Items You Can Recycle - But Probably Aren't (Part One)

Australians have embraced recycling with more than nine out of ten people recycling at home. But as the industry continues to grow and expand the range of products and materials you can recycle continues to grow. In this two-part series we showcase 14 items you can recycle - but probably aren't.

March 1, 2017Brad Gray

Dispose of the Disposable Coffee Cup

With a staggering 50,000 disposable coffee cup going into landfill in Australia every 30 minutes (yep every 30 minutes), it's time to dispose of our disposable coffee cup addiction. And to help you we're giving away 10 Planet Ark Keep Cups.

March 1, 2017

Five Steps to Turn Back the Tide of Plastic

Ocean plastic is a huge problem and it can feel overwhelming. But there are easy, positive actions you can take to help turn the tide of plastic. Check out this list of ideas. Find out more..

February 27, 2017Carol Warwick

Tetra Pak Sets Industry Benchmark with Science Based Target Approval

Tetra Pak, the maker of milk and juice cartons used by billions around the world, is the first company in the food packaging industry to have their climate reduction targets approved by the Science Based Target (SBT) initiative. This initiative helps companies determine how much they must cut emissions to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.

February 16, 2017

Approval to Shred Massive Tyre Stockpile in Tasmania

A massive pile of more than a million used tyres stockpiled in Norther Tasmania is finally facing the shredder.

February 7, 2017Brad Gray

Five Easy Changes For a Lower Waste Lifestyle

Get your new year off to a green start with a few simple actions that will soon become easy habits. Adopting a lower waste lifestyle is easier than you might think.

January 4, 2017

The Circle of (Tree) Life

Whatever kind of tree you have this Christmas, make it last. Whether it's a potted one to keep for years to come, a cut live or fallen branch that could be mulched, to a good quality artificial one that will keep on giving year after year. We've got tips for keeping the circle of (tree) life going.

December 23, 2016Ryan Collins

Do De-clutter, Then Recycle

Planning a post-Christmas clean out? Put it all back to work while you're on holidays! We've got tips on donating to charities or recycling that wood, door and window frames, concrete, bricks, tiles and all sorts of other materials.

December 22, 2016Ryan Collins

Thanks for helping make 2016 a great year!

Our mission is to help Australians take positive environmental actions, that's only possible thanks to our sponsors and partners

December 19, 2016Brad Gray

Cleaner Christmas Travel

Are you travelling across town to see Nanna at Christmas? Or are you taking the family to another state for a summer holiday? Many people travel at Christmas but how do you make it as environmentally friendly as possible? We've got tips to make your trips clean and green with Do # 10.

December 19, 2016Ryan Collins

The Secret to Battery-Powered Gifts

If you're giving a battery-operated present one of the best things you can do for the recipient (and the planet) is to include rechargeable batteries and a charger. It'll save them money and reduce the amount of energy and natural resources that go into producing single-use batteries. Check out Do # 9 Batteries Included.

December 17, 2016Ryan Collins

Magically Turn Your Mobile Into a Meal

It's great to spread the magic of the festive season. Especially when you're doing something positive for the environment AND people in need. So for every mobile you recycle with MobileMuster, they will donate the value of a meal to OzHarvest to help feed those in need across the country.

December 15, 2016Ryan Collins

Easy Electrifying Recycling

Are you getting a new mobile, computer or printer for Christmas? We've got tips on how to make sure the old device and accessories finds a new home, either with someone or with a recycler. We're up to Do # 8 of the 12 Do's of Christmas!

December 15, 2016Ryan Collins

Recycle Right At Christmas

Brandy custard cartons? Mince pie trays? Squirty cream aerosols? Can these festive materials be recycled? Check out our top tips to ensure you're recycling all the festive food and drink packaging you can over Christmas.

December 13, 2016Ryan Collins

Be Like Santa and Make A List

Australians throw out about $1,100 worth of food each year and this is most pervasive at Christmas. Collectively that's more than $10 billion of food going to landfill. Check out ways to combat this like making a shopping list (and sticking to it), portion control and composting at home.

December 12, 2016Ryan Collins

Don't Worry, Be Appy!

One thing you don't need to worry about this Christmas is what goes in the recycling bin! That's if you download the RecycleSmart App which draws data from Planet Ark's RecyclingNearYou website. It includes recycling information about every Australian council and helps users find options more than 170 household items. It's a Christmas gift to use all year round!

December 11, 2016Ryan Collins

How To Eco-Wrap a Present

Remember how your Grandma would save string, ribbon, paper and bows? Well she had the right idea as re-using and recycling paper is one way to eco-wrap a gift. Check out our other tips to make our natural resources and your budget last longer with Do # 4 of the 12 Do's of Christmas!

December 7, 2016Ryan Collins

The Gift of an Experience

Christmas gifts don't need to cost the earth. In fact, they can help spread appreciation of its beauty. Whether it's an underwater or above land experience, donating babysitting time or cooking, we've got plenty of thoughtful, green gift suggestions with Do #3 of the 12 Do's of Christmas.

December 6, 2016Ryan Collins

Do Celebrate Less Waste at Work

Tis' the silly season but that doesn't mean you have to be silly with workplace waste. We've got great tips so no matter how much fun people are having at Christmas parties, it's easy to recycle right. Check out Do #2 of the 12 Do's of Christmas.

December 4, 2016Ryan Collins

Do Durable Decorations or Make Your Own

Are you buying and throwing out Christmas decorations every year? Well our first DO of Christmas can save you money, reduce wastage and provide ideas for crafty, family traditions!

December 2, 2016

Unwrapping Festive Packaging Recycling

Is the squirty cream aerosol can recyclable? How about the brandy custard carton or the broken champagne glass? The festive season means lots of drinks, snacks and party food. Which, in turn, means lots of extra packaging, which can be hard to avoid. Being organised and knowing what's recyclable is one way to avoid sending resources into landfill.

December 1, 2016

Soft Plastic - Scrunch and Recycle

Soft plastics, the kind that can be scrunched into a ball, are among the biggest problems in the kerbside recycling system. In fact 8 out of 10 councils consider them the number one problem as they get caught in the recycling machinery.

November 25, 2016Brad Gray

Cleaning Up Confusion for National Recycling Week

A report released for National Recycling Week shows Australians are keen recyclers, but most are still making mistakes

November 7, 2016Ryan Collins

New Endorsement - Soft on the Environment and You

CEO Paul Klymenko and ABC Tissue Products' Brand Manager Loretta Lau announce Naturale Toilet Tissue, our newest endorsement

November 3, 2016Brad Gray

Planet Ark Launches 100% Recycled Office Paper

Your choice in office paper matters and with the official launch of Planet Ark Paper on the 30th October 2016 your choice has been made easy. Planet Ark Paper has been produced to help make the use of recycled paper mainstream. Currently office paper has a recycling rate of about 70% but less than 18% of new reams have high-recycled content.

November 2, 2016Reese Malcolm

Zero Waste Audit Results for 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' Program Partner

The results of the annual audit of Close the Loop, the Resource Recovery Partner for the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program, have just been finalised. And great news, the audit has issued Close the Loop with yet another Zero Waste to Landfill certificate for 2016.

October 28, 2016Claire Bell

Giving Coffee Pods Another Life

Do you find it hard to kick into gear without a shot of caffeine? Maybe you have an instant hit, plunge into the day, visit your favourite barista or make your own with a coffee pod machine.

October 12, 2016Brad Gray

The Naturale Schools Recycle Right Challenge Kicks Off

The Naturale Schools Recycle Right Challenge is underway for 2016 as part of Planet Ark's National Recycling Week. Running until 11 November, the initiative provides free recycling activity guides, curriculum aligned lesson plans and Australian school event ideas for teachers and students. Find out how environmental awareness and recycling knowledge can be taught by doing and having fun!

October 12, 2016

It's Time For Another Fling

Last year more than 5,000 people had a Fling for National Recycling Week. A Friday File Fling that is! Whether you work in a large office, a school or even out of the front room at home, you're likely to have good quality paper sitting idle in a filing cabinet. That paper could be put back into the recycling stream and turned into brand new 100% recycled office paper or toilet tissue. We've collated information and resources to help you host a Fling in your workplace on or around 11 November. Register your whole workplace, your team or even just yourself.

October 4, 2016

Post Back Your Post Packs

Have you ever stood at the bin wondering whether something goes in the garbage or the recycling? You're not alone! Our research shows that confusion is one of main reasons recyclables end up in the garbage and contaminants, like plastic bags, end up in the recycling. The Australian Recycling Label has been designed by Planet Ark to clear up that confusion and we're happy to say Australia Post has joined the growing list of businesses displaying the label. Find out more...

September 30, 2016Brad Gray

5 Photos You Can Take to Help the Environment

You don't need a fancy camera to take a photo and you don't need to be a professional to make an impact. It's the age of the digital image and you can use them to have fun, dob in a dumper or celebrate nature. We've put together 5 ideas for you to use photos to do good, for yourself and for the environment. Find out more ...

September 30, 2016Marty Middlebrook

Donating Your Old Smartphone Could Change Someone's Life

With an estimated 25.5 million unused mobiles in homes and businesses around Australia, a potential life changing device could be sitting in your drawer. MobileMuster and Able Australia are calling out for old smartphones to support those Australians with no hearing and sight and help them reconnect with friends, family and the wider community.

September 2, 2016

Provide Feedback and Win One of Five Battery Chargers

So far over 200kg of batteries have been collected through the Toowoomba Rechargeable Battery Recycling Trial. And with only a few days left of the free trial, we're asking for your thoughts on battery recycling. By filling in the 2 minute survey, you could win one of five Energizer Compact Battery Chargers.

September 1, 2016

The Rise of the Coffee Pod Machine

With coffee pod machines becoming more and more popular, the resulting waste is also increasing rapidly.

August 9, 2016Ryan Collins

How to Recycle Whitegoods

Approximately 1.3 million fridges, freezers and air conditioners reached their end-of-life in 2012, with annual disposal rates predicted to increase to 2.2 million units by 2024. Luckily, there are options to refurbish, reuse and recycle these and other whitegoods. But how?

July 25, 2016

Recycle Right and Have a Cuppa

Now you can sit down and relax with a nice cup of tea knowing you've disposed of the packaging correctly. T2 is the latest company to have products appearing in stores displaying the Australian Recycling Label.

July 22, 2016

Toowoomba is Buzzing About Free Rechargeable Battery Recycling

Residents in Toowoomba can recycle their used rechargeable batterys - free of charge - as part of a trial program.

July 11, 2016Brad Gray

A Quick Recycling Guide To 3 Tricky Items

Recycling can be tricky! Here's a guide to the top three searches on Recycling Near You, so that you can be a recycling guru

June 30, 2016Rebecca Gredley

Working It Out At Officeworks

Planet Ark's new Australian Recycling Label is starting to appear in stores and answers recycling questions specific to individual products

June 30, 2016Brad Gray

Cash For Containers In NSW - It Pays To Recycle

Containers in NSW will be worth 10 cents a pop from July 2017, ensuring our parks, beaches and streets will be cleaner

May 9, 2016Rebecca Gredley

Mother's Day green gift ideas

Is your mum over cliched, useless gifts? Here are some ideas that won't break the bank or the planet...

May 6, 2016

Reimagining Rubbish as a Resource

Necessity is driving the move towards a zero waste approach. To make the shift we need to innovate and think of waste materials as a resource.

April 27, 2016

Selfie Challenge - #WhatsNotToLove

"It's easy to use, good for the environment and free of charge. What's not to love?" That's how one participant described 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'. So we've created the Selfie Challenge with the hashtag #WhatsNotToLove and are asking you to show us you love recycling cartridges. Take a photo, tag us and share it to win one of three $200 Biome gift certificates, plus more. Simple! Find out more...

April 22, 2016

Fashionable Questions - Who Made Your Clothes and Where Do They End Up?

Fashion Revolution Week, April 18-24, is a global movement that starts with the question "Who made my clothes?"

April 18, 2016

What's the Deal With Business Waste?

What motivates businesses to increase their recycling? What are the barriers to better management? What do they see are the benefits? Our new report, titled 'What's The Deal With Business Waste?' answers these questions and examines the attitudes and beliefs of small to medium businesses and the actions they can take.

March 30, 2016Ryan Collins

Four Eyes For Recycling

You might see clearly with your frames on, but it's not always clear if glasses can be recycled or not. We've found some options so your old frames can have a new life and help those in need to get optimal optics.

March 23, 2016Rebecca Gredley

Give Dumpers A Lesson

Despite Australia being known for it's natural beauty some people still choose to dump waste on the streets. There are now tools to help you report illegal dumping

March 23, 2016Brad Gray

A Tablet for Your Thoughts

Tell us what you think of the website and you could win a tablet of your choice worth $750!

March 3, 2016Ryan Collins

Have A Light Bulb Moment With Broken Bulbs

Have you ever found yourself wondering what to do with a broken fluorescent light bulb? Their mercury content can be dangerous, so follow our guide to safely cleaning them up

February 12, 2016Rebecca Gredley

Power Tool Battery recycling creates buzz in Brisbane

The Power Tool Batteryback recycling pilot program has collected almost two tonnes of batteries for recycling since its launch in September 2015.

February 10, 2016Rebecca Gredley

Get Your 2016 Environment Action Planner

Whether you want cartridge recycling box, get in contact with nature or plant a tree - we have a campaign for you

January 28, 2016Rebecca Gredley

Look Who's Recycled 30 Million Cartridges

Well done Australia! We have just hit 30 million cartridges recycled since 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' began in 2003.

January 15, 2016Ryan Collins

Love a Tree

Whether you're a fan of that genuine pine aroma or you prefer the utility of an artificial tree, you can keep your tree a little bit greener this Christmas. Cut live trees can have a second life as mulch or compost to help enrich the soil of other plants, while artificial trees can be reused for decades if properly cared for. It's the 12th Do of Christmas!

December 23, 2015

'Tis the Season to De-Clutter

Is the shed or garage full of old and broken bits and pieces? Is there a DIY renovation job that you've been putting off? The Christmas and New Year break is a great time to start over, to get those nagging jobs done, to tidy and de-clutter the house and to put valuable resources back to work.

December 21, 2015

Recycle your old mobiles & help the Salvos

If you are dreaming of a new mobile phone this Christmas don't forget to recycle old mobiles and accessories in a safe, secure and ethical way. To give you a little incentive, MobileMuster will donate $2 for every kilogram of old mobile phones and accessories collected during December and January to The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.

December 10, 2015Ryan Collins

'Appy' Christmas gift from Planet Ark

Check out the free smart phone app to answer all those tricky waste and recycling questions. A gift to use year-round

December 1, 2015Sara McGregor

Save the date! 'Waste Not, Want Not' Day is coming

TechCollect is calling for businesses to mark December 8 in the calendar to create a more sustainable workplace! Check out the four great tips for businesses to make a difference on 'Waste Not, Want Not' Day.

November 30, 2015Ryan Collins

Make Recycling at Work, Work

Replacing a single recycling bin with desktop paper trays increased the recycling rate for paper from 28% to 94%. Simple actions can have a big impact at work.

November 13, 2015Ryan Collins

Let the Flings Begin

All around Australia today people are having office Flings and it's not too late for you to join in. Put some time aside today, go though your drawers and fling you old, unwanted files. If you register today you'll also receive a carton of Reflex White 100% Recycled paper.

November 13, 2015Brad Gray

Recycling Role Models

There is positive change happening in waste and recycling in some of Australia's best known companies. A pet food manufacturer has achieved zero waste to landfill and a wine maker made the switch to 100% recycled and 100% recyclable packaging. Find out how these high performers achieved these feats.

November 12, 2015Brad Gray

Test Your Recycling Knowledge!

How much of this skip bin can be recycled? Win prizes and test your knowledge with the Recycle Right Quiz

November 3, 2015Marty Middlebrook

Getting Your Recycling Sorted

Even though Australians are good recyclers, there are many questions. National Recycling Week has the answers

November 3, 2015Brad Gray

New Label Makes Recycling Easy

Planet Ark is very proud to launch its new Australian Recycling Label, which has been designed to address both customer confusion and the desire for on-pack information.

October 6, 2015Brad Gray

Garage Sale Trailing Right Around Australia

Garage Sale Trail is one big day of Garage Sales happening in every state for the first time on Saturday October 24th. And there are so many benefits to jumping on board.

September 30, 2015Ryan Collins

An Office Fling Is Good For Circulation

Paper is the largest contributor to waste generated by offices in Australia. Fling some Files this Friday for National Recycling Week

September 23, 2015Brad Gray

Awake to the Fun of Recycling

"There are so many bits and bobs in products out there that I didn't know could be recycled and I until I started working for Planet Ark, I never noticed just how much plastic was in everything" -Emily Donnelly, Planet Ark's PR & Media Coordinator.

September 23, 2015

Declutter Your Office E-waste for FREE

Do you need to declutter the office of old electronics? Telstra have teamed up with ECOACTIV to offer an easy solution with an eCycle box scheme that can be picked up for free.

September 14, 2015Brad Gray

Declutter Your Office E-waste for FREE

Do you need to declutter the office of old electronics? Telstra have teamed up with ECOACTIV to offer an easy solution with an eCycle box scheme that can be picked up for free.

September 14, 2015Brad Gray

Power Tool Battery Recycling Pilot Launches in Brisbane

In a single year more than 3 million power tool batteries reach the end of their life. Now Brisbane tradies and renovators can recycle them free of change.

September 4, 2015Brad Gray

Reduce Your Pet's Paw Print

Whether you're a cat person or a dog person, it doesn't matter. Pets can have a significant paw print and here are a few ideas that can help reduce it.

August 19, 2015Emily Donnelly

Bagging Waste

A small change to the packaging of tea bags helped Unilever eliminate 28 tonnes of waste heading to landfill.

August 10, 2015Brad Gray

Wise Words From An Eleven-Year-Old

It's often said that kids are our future. Fortunately many of them are thinking creatively about how we can all live more sustainably.

June 24, 2015Emily Donnelly

E-Waste Busters

Each year, we at Planet Ark receive thousands of enquiries from Australians wanting to know how they can recycle their e-waste. Is there a pick up service? Can I put my TV on the street? What about DVD players, are they accepted? Well, we're here to answer those questions and bust a few of myths so you know exactly what to do with your old electronics.

May 28, 2015Emily Donnelly

Identifying Asbestos

During much of the 20th century, asbestos was considered a wonder-product and helped improve the performance of building materials, but would you know what to do if you found it in your house today?

May 28, 2015Claire Bell

Identifying Asbestos

During much of the 20th century, asbestos was considered a wonder-product and helped improve the performance of building materials, but would you know what to do if you found it in your house today?

May 28, 2015Brad Gray

One House, Four Hours, Four Tonnes of Recycling

If your household is like most Australian homes you recycle diligently. But how much do you think you could recycle in one four-hour period?

April 24, 2015Brad Gray

The art of upcycling

Re-purposing discarded objects through art and design could inspire consumers to be more conscious and provide solutions to the world's waste problems.

April 13, 2015Emily Donnelly

Happy Eco-Easter!

Easter is a busy and fun time of year but it doesn't need to come with an Easter bunny shaped eco-footprint.

April 1, 2015Ryan Collins

Happy Eco-Easter!

Easter is a busy and fun time of year but it doesn't need to come with an Easter bunny shaped eco-footprint.

April 1, 2015Ryan Collins

Creative Composting

Food waste makes up over one-third of household waste and when it ends up in landfill it creates methane, which is a greenhouse gas 20 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.

February 26, 2015Emily Donnelly

Clean Clothes for Sensitive Souls

The list of ingredients in common washing powders can read like a recipe of synthetic chemicals. It's easy to see how some products can trigger allergic reactions in both adults and children and cause harm to the environment as well.

February 26, 2015Claire Bell

Clean Clothes for Sensitive Souls

The list of ingredients in common washing powders can read like a recipe of synthetic chemicals. It's easy to see how some products can trigger allergic reactions in both adults and children and cause harm to the environment as well.

February 26, 2015Emily Donnelly

Planet Ark Ambassadors Honoured

In this week's Australia Day Awards two of Planet Ark's ambassadors - Layne Beachley and Jackie French - have been recognised for their contribution to Australia.

January 28, 2015Brad Gray

Turning Trash Into Treasure

Have you ever worn out or broken a prized possession; something that you're devastated to have to part with? Maybe a favourite mug, a gorgeous umbrella or comfortable old, t-shirt? With a little creative re-use or up-cycling you won't have to say good bye. So we thought we'd share some creative ways the Planet Ark team has given old items a new life; and they're so easy, you can do it too! Find out more...

May 21, 2014Emily Donnelly