12 March 2013 — Australians are leading the world in plastic packaging recycling with a new record level of 41.5 per cent, according to the Australian Packaging Covenant.

APC chief executive officer Stan Moore said there had been increases in recycling tonnes for all but one material type. The overall recycling rate is 63.8 per cent.

The recycling rate for paperboard packaging has increased to 76.8 per cent, which is a 1.5 per cent increase on last year, aluminium cans had a recovery rate of 67.3 per cent, and the recovery rate for steel cans went up 4.7 per cent to 38.9 per cent.

The only decrease was in the glass recycling rate by about 2 per cent over the past twelve months.

Mr Moore said the APC would continue to focus on the issues, barriers and opportunities of packaging recovery to continue to drive the recycling rate upward in the future.

All parties in the packaging supply chain and all levels of government remain focussed on the achievement of an overall recycling rate of 70 per cent by 2015, he said.