DESPITE more than 90% of Australian householders being active recyclers, we are sending almost 22 million tonnes of material to landfill each year, with 31% of this from commercial and industrial enterprises.
The Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) - Australia's product stewardship system for consumer packaging - kicked off National Recycling Week this week by launching new recycling systems at selected KFC restaurants throughout New South Wales.
KFC is the first fast food chain to participate in the national recycling initiative, Do the Right Thing, Use the Right Bin, funded and supported by the Australian Packaging Covenant, Closed Loop Recycling and the Australian Food and Grocery Council's Packaging Stewardship Forum.
"The Australian Packaging Covenant is proud to be able to collaborate with industry, and facilitate this response to the community's desire to recycle and reduce littering," APC CEO Stan Moore.
New recycling systems have been installed at 59 KFC restaurants in NSW for public use, providing away-from-home recycling opportunities for an estimated 30 million customer visits each year.
The APC has also joined National Recycling Week as a supporting sponsor.
"National Recycling Week is a fantastic opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved to increase recycling rates by everyone working together - industry, government and consumers - and how we can continue to collaborate and build on these achievements" Mr Moore said.
FAST FACT: During the life of the APC, the overall recycling rate of consumer packaging has increased from 39% in 2003 to 63.1% in 2011, and in 2011 there was 36.4% less consumer packaging being disposed of to landfill in than in 2003.