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This unit has been developed in partnership with Visy. For over 70 years Visy has been committed to finding sustainable solutions for Australia’s recyclables and helping to reduce local landfills. Visy collects, receives and sorts paper, cardboard, glass, plastics, steel and aluminium from households, businesses and schools with the purpose of reusing these products in the re-manufacture of new packaging products.


Many of us are familiar with the terms ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ or even ‘refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle’. In these statements ‘recycle’ is the final step. However, at Visy there is a unique, local dedication to their recycling with the aim to recover and re-use as much material as possible to ‘re-manufacture’ those materials back into recyclable packaging within their own operations. This model helps demonstrate how the materials we place in the recycling bin can be remade into new products, which, once no longer needed, can again be recycled and re-manufactured. This is core to the idea behind closed-loop recycling; that the materials and resources we use in our day to day lives can be re-manufactured and reused over and over again.