2.4 Post-Consumer Recovery

Objective

To increase the proportion of packaging that can be collected in Australia for reuse, recycling, composting or energy recovery.

Description
This criteria considers actions taken to improve the recovery of packaging at the end of its life. These actions may have been taken as a result of a Sustainable Packaging Guidelines (SPG) review, or in response to another business driver. You should be tracking the amount of packaging that can be recovered through an existing collection system that most of your customers in Australia can access, e.g. by putting it in their kerbside recycling bin or by taking it to a drop-off point.
Scoring
Core:  this criteria must be attempted by all Members.

Conditional: must satisfactorily meet the conditions of one question before progressing to the next.

Sector Variations
  • Packaging suppliers: The scope of this criteria is the packaging used to distribute your products, i.e. to transport packaging materials and components to customers.
  • Retailers:The scope of this criteria includes packaging for own-brand products, any packaging given out in store (e.g. carry bags, fresh produce bags, tissue paper etc.), and any packaging used for online sales to consumers.
  • Global companies:This criteria applies to all products put on the market in Australia, regardless of where they were designed or manufactured. The ‘recoverability’ of packaging relates to the recoverability in Australia, not other markets where your products or packaging may be sold.
  • Importers/distributors with limited control over packaging:We encourage you to seek information on the recoverability of packaging in Australia from your suppliers or third parties.

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