What can truthfully be labelled recyclable?

With China no longer willing to accept material from Australia for potential recycling, there is a national discussion about what can and cannot truthfully be labelled as “recyclable” going forward in Australia. Standards Australia has played a lead role in the development of standards on environmental labelling as the Secretariat of the ISO TC 207 SC 3 Environmental labelling which has published a number of environmental labelling standards.  CFA representative John Henry is a participating member of the Standards Australia Technical Committee EV-021 Environmental management and a Registered Expert on ISO TC 207 SC 3.

A new updated version of ISO 14024 covers ecolabelling and ISO 14021 provides internationally agreed criteria that can be applied to specific environmental issues, such as China no longer accepting material for recycling.


Consumers can influence standards by becoming a Consumers’ Federation of Australia representative on a Standards Australia Technical Committee, making public comment on draft standards and suggesting new standards. If you are interested in finding out more about the Project and/or becoming a volunteer CFA Standards Representative please contact the Standards Coordinator at standards@consumeraction.org.au