There’s still an odour to Aussies’ recycling

 Pip Hill has a chat with David Finn – Managing Director, Kyocera Mita Australia and New Zealand

The Australian Packaging Covenent (APC) has just released a report showing that Australians are getting better at recycling our rubbish. With a 5.5% improvement from 2009 to 2010 and a whopping 23.5% improvement since 2003!

The APC is a commitment between companies and government to reduce the environmental impacts of consumer packaging. This comes about through the packaging design, recovery and recycling and reducing the impact of litter – all great stuff.

Check out 1coast website for what can and can't be recycled

We were particularly interested to read that while Aussies are getting better at recycling glass and plastics we could get a whole lot better at recycling our empty aerosol cans – most of these are currently not being recycled at all. So all you users of aerosol deodorant take note, these little babies are recyclable! That includes fly spray – never use the stuff – and I guess the trusty WD40 to name a few. We’re also not too crash hot at recycling our steel cans – you know baked beans, tuna tins and the like. Most of these end up in bags in with the general rubbish but they are a valuable resource that can be recycled.

We certainly need to think differently about what we put in the general trash and to carefully check what is and isn’t recyclable.

Kyocera is a signatory to the APC and we proactively try to minimise the environmental impact of our packaging. Our products are packaged in 100% recycled, all paper construction, and use only vegetable and soy dyes in the printing process. Our packaging has won back-to-back awards at the Japan Packaging Contest. To see other organisations who are signatories to the APC view them on APC’s site.

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