2.3 Recycled and Renewable Materials


To support a circular economy for packaging by optimising the quantity of materials that are renewable and/or contain at least some recycled material.

This criteria considers actions taken to increase the amount of recycled or renewable material in packaging, or to ensure that recycled and renewable material in packaging has been ‘optimised’ within current constraints. Here, ‘optimised’ means that the current levels of renewable or recycled materials used in packaging cannot be increased without compromising product safety or quality. Optimisation must be reviewed regularly because changes in commercial arrangements, materials and technologies may present new opportunities to increase the use of recycled or renewable materials. These actions may have been taken as a result of a Sustainable Packaging Guidelines (SPGs) review, or in response to another business driver (e.g. cost, marketing etc.).
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.
  • Global companies: This criteria applies to all products sold in Australia, regardless of where they were designed or manufactured.



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