MEDIA RELEASE 23 November 2006
BRBA reveals new online database in release of three-year Business Plan
The Buy Recycled Business Alliance (BRBA) has just released a three-year
Business Plan for 2006-09 outlining key actions and objectives for the
organisation. The Plan also outlines the development of a national online
database of recycled content products (RCPs) for businesses.
Lara Barclay, Executive Director of the BRBA, said the Plan came out of a
detailed review of the strategic direction of the BRBA.
“With attention increasingly turning towards the environmental and social
impacts of climate change, the enhanced energy and water efficiencies associated
with manufacturing products from secondary resources must be recognised and
championed,” Ms Barclay said.
“The BRBA provides companies with practical help to influence the demand for
RCPs by encouraging the purchase of RCPs, which strongly contributes to
“With the launch of our three-year Business Plan we remain convinced that
driving demand for recycled content products through buying recycled is central
to creating a successful Australian recycling market that will contribute
strongly to corporate sustainability,” she said.
A key aspect of the three-year Business Plan includes the development of an
online database of recycled content products to provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ of
detailed information on RCPs nationally.
“We are currently working with BRBA members as well as state and national
governments to invite manufacturers across Australia to contribute to the
database by providing information on their recycled content products,” Ms
Whilst many Australian businesses are embracing more sustainable practices,
there is often still a common misconception about recycling and a lack of
awareness about recycled content products, according to Barclay,
“Recycling and buying recycled should be a key component of a company’s
sustainability strategies as it is a simple way for all businesses to improve
environmental performance. The breakdown of waste in landfill releases
greenhouse gases, which is a contributor to the worldwide problem of global
warming. In addition, manufacturing RCPs from secondary resources generally
requires less water and energy,” she said.
“The BRBA provides an opportunity for companies to promote their business. We’re
now also making it easier for small businesses to access all the benefits of
BRBA membership with our new Micro Business member category for companies with a
turnover of less than one million,” she said.
The BRBA was founded in 1999 as a business-led initiative that would provide a
forum to promote greater uptake of recycled content products (RCPs) across
Foundation members of the BRBA include Amcor, McDonalds, Visy Industries,
Foster’s Group, Corporate Express, Fuji Xerox and Australian Paper.
To download a copy of the three-year Business Plan, please visit
www.brba.com.au or call 1300 662 593.
Released for the Buy Recycled Business Alliance by Dennis Rutzou Public
For further information please call Kim Larochelle or Fiona Pennington on
(02) 9413 4244.