Australia uses over 4.2 million tonnes of packaging each year. About 50% is recycled. TEC is campaigning for regulation that ensures that industry takes responsibility for this waste. Our key objectives are:

  • a container deposit system to raise beverage container recycling to 11 billion units (80% of consumption) a year
  • phasing out of non-recyclable plastics
  • a ban on the free supermarket plastic bag
  • major growth in the use of recyclate in packaging and reduced packaging
  • reform of the Australian Packaging Covenant

For up-to-date information on the container deposits campaign go to the Boomerang Alliance.

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On-Line Letter for Container Deposits


To:  The Minister for Environment

Below are some suggested points you might like to make:

I support the introduction of a container deposit system in Australia which will:

  • significantly lift our recycling rates of glass, plastic and metal beverage containers
  • substantially reduce litter
  • help charities
  • create new jobs
  • support hundreds of new convenient drop-off centres for other products like batteries and e-waste, as well.

Beverage Container Deposits


CD is on the move in Australia

Australia consumes about 13 billion beverage containers a year - less than 50% are recycled. A CD system would raise this rate to 80%.  See our Take Action Page and online petition; and the Boomerang Alliance for up to date information on the campaign.

Read more: Beverage Container Deposits

Plastic Bags


Plastic Bags - an endemic problem

Despite repeated efforts to resolve a phase-out plan for free supermarket plastic bags, environment ministers have failed. Voluntary programs have not made a substantial dent in the practice and billions are still handed to Australian shoppers, each year. In 2009 South Australia banned the bag with no adverse impact on shoppers or the supermarkets - why can't the rest of Australia?

Read more: Plastic Bags

Waste Packaging


National Packaging Covenant

Australia's poor performance on packaging waste is primarily the result of industry inaction. We have been working to improve the failing National Packaging Covenant (NPC) which was originally a strategy by industry to support their preferred non-regulatory, piecemeal approach.

Read more: Waste Packaging