In years prior, multi-layer laminate packaging for yeast and fermentation aids were discarded to landfill, with no method for recycling. Local councils do not fund recycling technologies to recycle multi-layer laminates in curb side recycling; therefore, the waste ends up in landfill.
This exciting and innovative new partnership offers Wineries the opportunity to divert yeast and nutrient packaging waste from landfill. It is the first recycling program in Australia that directly recycles multi-laminate yeast and nutrient bag waste.
But the beauty of this program lies in its simplicity for the customer.
A customer-focused recycling
There are three ways that Redox customers can participate in the program:
- Collection – Customers collect the waste on their premises and store it on a designated pallet (up to 500kg). Once the pallet reaches critical mass, the distributor fills out a form to request collection from their warehouse to be sent to TerraCycle.
- Freight – Like the collection process, only the customer organises delivery to TerraCycle’s warehouse in Victoria once the pallet is at the maximum weight.
- Mailback – By signing up for the AB Biotek Laminate Recycling Program, customers can request a free shipping label for pick by Australia Post (maximum 15kg), who will ship the waste back to TerraCycle’s warehouse in Victoria.
All brands of empty multi-laminate yeast and nutrient bags are acceptable to all wineries that are customers of AB Biotek and Redox.
What happens with the waste next?
Firstly, multi-laminate yeast and nutrient bags are separated by composition PET/AL-Foil/ LLDPE/ Nylon and cleaned. The materials are then melted down to be turned into pellets that can be used to produce new products.
The waste is recycled and then re-purposed!
How to get involved
Redox is proud to be putting our commitment to cleaner options into action through this innovative recycling program. By supporting the dedicated teams at TerraCycle, and AB Biotek, we hope to make a fundamental difference regarding negative environmental impacts.
We are excited to be a part of this first of its kind recycling program in Australia and request that customers contact their Redox account manager if to want to be involved.