I believe that this should not be seen as the first solution…but using mulit-use containers would be the primary aim. When many baby boomers and generation Xs grew up, most glass bottles were reused (soft drink, beer etc). With the advent of cheap single use plastic and glass containers which competed with the reusable containers, these reusable containers slowly disappeared from the packaging industry. It maybe worthwhile focusing on packaging reuse over all manufacturing sectors. If this is done, only those with unique packaging requirements or reusable containers which are damaged, would need recycling. Most containers can be reused potentially hundreds of times.
Reuse also removes the problem of what to do with the materials waiting to be recycled and also the problem of litter (reason for the NSW/Qld ineffective and inefficient container deposit schemes) as the multi-use containers would become a valuable resource.