ReMade In Australia builds confidence in Australia’s future as a recycling powerhouse

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) welcomes the federal government’s new “ReMade In Australia” campaign for focusing attention on the enormous potential for home-grown recycling and reuse to drive economic growth and environmental protection. 

AFGC CEO Tanya Barden said the ReMade In Australia campaign will raise awareness of the initiatives industry is using to increase recycling, such as the National Plastics Recycling Scheme now being developed by the AFGC, and the Australasian Recycling Label program, which gives consumers the information they need to recycle packaging the right way. 

“The AFGC is driving the development of Australia’s biggest recycling scheme for soft plastic packaging, the National Plastics Recycling Scheme (NPRS),” Ms Barden said.  

“The NPRS will increase the scale of soft plastics recycling in Australia and help create a true circular economy that drives demand for products that use recycled content. 

“We welcome the renewed focus on manufacturing capabilities that will come with ReMade In Australia as it will give consumers confidence that their own recycling efforts are part of a national shift to build a circular economy.” 

The NPRS will coordinate the efforts of food and grocery companies in helping meet Australia’s National Packaging Targets, which include a goal of recycling or composting 70 per cent of plastic packaging and incorporating an average of 50 per cent recycled content across all packaging by 2025. 

“We know that the technical capability, the enthusiasm to invest and the desire to create new markets for recycled content exist in Australia and we welcome this new campaign for the attention it will bring to this vital industry,” Ms Barden said.