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better recycling labels

As part of Bulla’s sustainability program we have committed to implementing the Australasian Recycling Labels on our packaging. The Australasian Recycling Labels are designed to assist in taking the confusion out of recycling, so we can all dispose of our waste correctly, to keep contamination out of the recycling stream and recyclable material away from landfill.

Planet Ark and the Australian Packaging Covenant developed the labels to remove confusion, save time and reduce waste going to landfill. Packaging recyclability is much more than just the material it’s made of. Things like shape, size, inks and glues, can impact the recyclability of an item.

The Australasian Recycling Labels take all of this into consideration, as well as the amount of the population that has access for that item to be recycled via their kerbside recycling collection service.


diverting packaging from landfill

Bulla has been a voluntary signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) since 2010. All Bulla packaging resources are used and disposed of wisely and we’re helping develop a circular economy for packaging in Australia.

This will be achieved by improving resource efficiency through sustainable design, diverting packaging from landfill through consumer education and labelling, and improving packaging sustainability performance through research and knowledge sharing across industries. For more information on APCO, click here.

For the 2018 and 2019 APCO Annual Reports, Bulla Dairy Foods achieved ‘Leading’ for the core criteria. Click here to view the reports

we say no to shortcuts, waste and harmful processes

Our key manufacturing sites are located in the Victorian country town of Colac, which is nestled at the foothills of the pristine Great Otway National Park.

Abundant with native wildlife, beautiful coastlines, and breathtaking forests and waterfalls, we appreciate the clean air and stunning surroundings that we reside in. Through our ongoing commitment to lowering our impact on the environment, we’re working to ensure it’s protected and preserved for generations to come.

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Recycling Labels

bulla-recyclinglabel-Conditionally Recyclable
bulla-recyclinglabel-Not Recyclable
bulla-recyclinglabel-Packaging Component

This can be placed in your kerbside recycling.

Conditonally Recyclable

Can be recycled ONLY if the instructions below the symbol are followed. Otherwise, these items are not recyclable. 

Not Recyclable

This cannot be places in kerbside recycling. Please dispose in your rubbish bin.


This tells you if any additional steps are required before you recycle the item, through either an action or alternative destinations (e.g. soft plastic bins at Coles or Woolworths in Australia).

Packaging Component

Identifies the specific packaging component the label is referring to.

Label Breakdown

Prep Evaluation Report Symbol Meaning ARL Classification Symbol
Yes – Recyclable at kerbside

The Recyclable “opaque” Mobius communicates to consumers that this item should be placed in their kerbside recycling.


Yes – Recyclable at kerbside

NOTE: ‘Lost Value’ is intended to be feedback for the designer to identify that the highest value of recovery is not being accomplished here or the item causes some contamination. Refer to the Recyclability Evaluation Report ‘Issues’ section for more detail.

No – Not Recyclable at kerbside

The bin symbol communicates to consumers to dispose of their non-recyclable packaging thoughtfully in the general waste bin.

No – Not Recyclable at kerbside

NOTE: The item may be recyclable through REDcycle. In this case the Conditionally Recyclable “transparent” Mobius may be used with consumer instructions. This symbol can also be used if a behavioural action would make a non-recyclable item recyclable (e.g. flattened).

Maybe – Recyclable at kerbside

Check Locally is used to designate that consumers should check with their local council as this item is less widely accepted by councils.

Invalid PREP evaluation

Unable to classify recyclability due to insufficient input of information in the PREP evaluation. Please return to PREP and complete the evaluation with all required information.

NO ARL Classification available as PREP evaluation is incomplete.

an update

REDcycle program status

Due to challenges with soft plastic recycling, the REDcycle scheme is no longer operational. Unfortunately, this means that there is no collection of soft plastics available for customers at the present time. Industry is working hard to identify pathways to create new scheme(s). In the meantime, we ask that you dispose of your soft plastics in your home’s general rubbish/landfill bin. Rest assured, our business continues to be supportive of recycling initiatives. Thank you for your  understanding.


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As a family owned Australian business, Bulla is passionate about giving back to the local communities we operate in.

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