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Australasian recycling label

Program name
Australasian Recycling Label

The Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) provides Australians with easy-to-understand recycling information when you need it most. It makes it easier for you to put the right packaging in the right bin. It removes confusion, saves time and reduces waste going to landfill. You can find it on the packaging of the things that you buy at the supermarket and other participating stores. It has easy-to-understand instructions about how to correctly dispose of every part of a product’s packaging.

The ARL removes recycling confusion. When we dispose of our waste correctly, we keep contamination out of the recycling stream and recyclable material away from landfill.

Unlike other labels, the ARL is an evidence-based system underpinned by the Packaging Recyclability Evaluation Portal (PREP). As not all packaging is created equal, not all recycling labels should be the same. It is not possible for a piece of packaging to have the ARL without a PREP assessment that backs up disposal claims.

PREP assesses not only the materials used to manufacture a piece of packaging, but also its shape, weight, size, inks, adhesives used and many other variables. PREP simulates the behaviour of packaging in the recycling ecosystem, from the moment it is collected to when it is sorted at Materials Recovery Facilities and in subsequent processing facilities.

Benefits

  • reduce the amount of waste going to landfill or being dumped
  • stop contamination of the recycling stream
  • reuse valuable materials
  • reduce energy and water use
  • reduce environmental impact
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Next steps

More information is available at:

RecyclingNearYou website