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Answers to the Big Recycling Questions

Date: 09-Nov-15
Author: Ryan Collins

Even though Australians have embraced recycling there are still common questions that come up regularly. What are the biggest mistakes? How do we make recycling at work, work? What is the future of recycling? 

Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week, now in its 20th year, is the right time to get the answers to these and the other big questions from our new research.

The Biggest Mistakes

We asked 115 councils around Australia what the biggest recycling mistake was.  Nine out of ten agreed that putting recycling in plastic bags was the biggest mistake. Coming in second was residents putting recyclables in the general waste. The third most common mistake was placing items in the kerbside recycling bin with too much food waste attached.

Make Recycling at Work, Work

This year we highlight the benefits to businesses of recycling including:

The Future of Recycling

There are a number of drivers that will affect the future of recycling. These include:

The Full Report

Get more answers by downloading the full All Sorted – Answering the Big Recycling Questions report.


Ryan                                              Collins
Author: Ryan Collins

Ryan is the Head of Sustainable Resource Programs at Planet Ark. After nearly a decade working in the banking and finance industry Ryan was drawn to a career in environmental conservation that saw him work in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji. With a background in psychology and environmental management, Ryan’s role at Planet Ark since 2012 has been focused on developing engaging and positive environmental behaviour change programs to help everyone recycle and reduce waste.

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