End of chain onus urged with recycling program

Victorian fast food companies have been encouraged to take more responsibility for the full life-cycle of products

March 19, 2013

Victorian fast food companies are being encouraged to take more responsibility for the full life-cycle of products, as part of a government partnership to increase recycling.

Victorian Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith yesterday launched a new in-store recycling scheme at Victorian KFC restaurants to encourage more company accountability for products that have reached end users in the supply chain.

Smith says the new recycling systems provide public recycling facilities in 48 Victorian stores.

He says ‘back-of-house’ cardboard recycling bins have also been installed in 88 Victorian restaurants.

The project is part of the national recycling initiative, Do the Right Thing, Use the Right Bin, funded through the Australian Packaging Covenant with $33,600 in financial support from the Victorian Government.

"The Coalition Government strongly supports industry taking responsibility for the life-cycle of their products," Smith says.

"We’re investing in a range of programs like this one that help manufacturers and retailers make it easier for consumers to dispose of their products safely and responsibly."

The government is also working with major retailers and manufacturers to help customers dispose of products including batteries, paint and packaging.

The recycling program is operating in New South Wales and South Australian stores and has nationally helped divert more than 1,800 tonnes of cardboard, bottles and cans, according to government.

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