How does recycling plastic in Australia really work?
Australia has embraced the idea of keeping plastic out of landfill. We separate our hard plastic for kerbside collection and take our soft plastic to Coles. That’s recycling, right? Not quite. In fact it’s just the first step.
Replas uses plastic waste collected in Australia to make a range of outdoor products.
If there is no demand for these products, the plastic waste may end up in landfill instead.
When government, schools and industry purchase these products they are all helping to make the process work by closing the loop on recycling.
For recycling to be viable there must be a demand for the resulting products.