The Australian Government has developed a National Framework for Recycled Content Traceability. Australia’s environment ministers endorsed the framework on 10 November 2023.
The framework is a national guideline that aims to improve trust in recycled materials. It does this by guiding businesses to collect and share information about recycled materials.
It helps Australian governments set clear and consistent traceability rules for recycled content and helps businesses to meet those rules.
- is voluntary and available to businesses of all sizes in the supply chain
- applies to all recycled materials and recycled content products in Australia
- allows businesses to choose the best way to trace recycled materials for their needs
Read the framework
Tell us if you're using the framework
We invite you to tell us if you’re using the framework to guide your traceability activities. You can do so by completing the registration form. A copy of the form is also provided in Appendix A of the framework. Please email your completed form to RecycledContentTraceability@dcceew.gov.au.
We may ask you to volunteer information to help us understand the use and impact of the framework.
Recycled content traceability
We need to use more recycled materials, and keep them in circulation, to move to a circular economy.
To use a recycled material, manufacturers need to be sure about its quality and where it comes from. It is often difficult to find this information in Australia.
The lack of information about recycled materials holds back demand for them. It also makes it hard for anyone to verify claims about products made with recycled content.
One solution is to improve the traceability of recycled materials. Buyers would then be able to trace the history, location or source of recycled materials.
Improving the traceability of recycled materials helps manufacturers have confidence in them. It allows them to find out information like:
- where the recycled materials came from
- how the recycled materials have been processed
- the destination of the products made with recycled content.
Traceability also helps businesses and consumers to verify claims about recycled content products.
We published a discussion paper for comment from 18 July to 31 August 2023. We received 80 responses from organisations, governments, businesses and individuals. Read the discussion paper and the non-confidential submissions on our consultation hub.
For more information, please contact us at RecycledContentTraceability@dcceew.gov.au.