Pet nutrition brand Royal Canin has joined forces with TerraCycle to launch a free recycling program for pet owners to recycle their ROYAL CANIN® and Eukanuba™ pet food bags at veterinary practices across Australia.
With over 55 million pet food bags and wet-food pouches sold in 2020 alone, the program aims to significantly reduce the amount of pet food packaging that ends up in landfill each year.
“The majority of all pet food packaging is made from flexible plastic or multi-material packaging. These complex materials are difficult to recycle and frequently not accepted in kerbside recycling,” TerraCycle Australia and New Zealand general manager Jean Bailliard said.
“It’s amazing to be a part of an initiative that will make a huge difference in creating a positive future, not only for pet owners but also pets.”
The Royal Canin Recycling Program has partnered with Vision Australia’s Seeing Eye Dogs, with $1 for every 1kg of packaging returned through the program to go towards the work Seeing Eye Dogs does for visually impaired Australians.
With more than 80 clinics on board around Australia, Royal Canin is inviting all of its veterinary clinic partners to join the program to help fight waste in the pet care industry.
Pet owners wishing to join the program are encouraged to sign up through the TerraCycle website.