ARL Program Update
31 March 2022
Under AAC Review
To meet the developing needs of the ARL Program, we recently consolidated our previous Marketing and Technical Advisory Committee into the ARL Advisory Committee (AAC). With this in mind, we wanted to provide an overview of the AAC Review process and what is meant by packaging that is ‘Under AAC Review.’
With continuous innovation and changes in the recyclability space, AAC Review allows research in areas where the recyclability outcomes of new or existing packaging formats and materials is unclear. Whilst this process is underway, the PREP assessment result will say 'Under AAC Review', which will be updated once the AAC Review is completed and a recyclability determination is possible. Items or formats classified as ‘Under AAC Review’ cannot be labelled with the ARL until the AAC has come to a conclusive recyclability outcome. This is to avoid consumer confusion and any mislabelling that would then need to be updated in a short timeframe.
The below items are currently Under AAC Review:
- Paper Beverage Cups – currently under review as we seek to understand the recoverability and end-markets available for these packaging formats.
- Composite cans with steel bases – currently under review to confirm the acceptance of these formats in steel recycling.
- Alternative Fibres (e.g. bagasse, straw, bamboo) – currently under review to understand if these fibres are viable and sought after in the paper recycling and manufacturing process.
Click here to view the current list of packaging formats under AAC Review, as well as a list of PREP updates and changes.
National Consumer Education Campaign
Take a look at the latest content from the National Consumer Education Campaign - a new animation and infographic focusing on the key topic of recycled content. Encouraging greater understanding of the importance of recycled content is a key element of driving action towards the 2025 National Packaging Targets. By choosing products made from previously recycled materials, we keep valuable materials in circulation and out of landfill. This reduces the time and energy needed to make new packaging from scratch. These resources highlight both the importance of choosing, and how to identify products made from recycled material.