ANZPAC Plastic Pact

The Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Island (ANZPAC) Plastics Pact is a collaborative solution that brings together key players in the region behind a shared vision of a circular economy for plastic, where plastic never becomes waste.


Set to launch January 1, 2021, ANZPAC will join the Plastics Pact network, a global community working to deliver a common vision for the circular economy for plastics, together with 1000+ organisations around the world.


It’s a community that’s united under the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Global Plastics Pact Network, a proven and effective model being rolled out across the world, in countries including the UK, the US, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Chile and South Africa.


How do I join ANZPAC?


The ANZPAC Plastics Pact is now open for applications.  


The ANZPAC Plastics Pact has two Membership categories:

  1. ANZPAC Member
  2. ANZPAC Supporter – Government, Academia, Community Groups, NGOs and Industry Associations organisations are eligible to be ANZPAC Supporters.


For more information about ANZPAC and to find out more about joining the program visit: http://documents.packagingcovenant.org.au/public-documents/ANZPAC%20Information%20Pack


Read more about ANZPAC in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.


Why do we need ANZPAC?


Too much plastic waste ends up in landfill and in our region’s natural environments. In Australia, only 16% of all plastic packaging is recovered for future use. In New Zealand, 41% of plastic packaging is going to landfill when it could be recycled. A similar situation is happening in the Pacific Islands, where over 300,000 tonnes of waste plastic is generated each year. By 2040, if we fail to act, the volume of plastic on the market will double, the annual volume of plastic entering the ocean will almost triple, and ocean plastic stocks will quadruple. 


Stakeholders across the supply chain are united in agreement that change is critical. Programs to address plastic are being rolled out by state, federal and local governments, community groups and NGOs, along with a diverse group of businesses and industry associations. While momentum and action on the issue is admirable, there is a great risk that this disparate response will lead to duplication and wasted resources, and ultimately an inconsistent and less effective approach. 


To deliver meaningful change on plastics, our region needs a significant intervention that coordinates and unites all stakeholders behind a clear and consistent approach. ANZPAC provides this framework. 


What will ANZPAC deliver? 


Plastic waste is an international challenge. Plastics Pacts address the transnational nature of the issues related to managing plastic by providing a consistent approach for global supply chains dealing with plastic waste travelling across our borders.


How will we achieve this?

  • Coordinate and align all stakeholders to support and work towards a clear and consistent vision
  • Commit to working collaboratively towards national and regional Plastics Pact Targets - Under the ANZPAC program, participants agree to commit to a series of concrete, ambitious and time-bound targets.
  • Build a roadmap for how the region will reach them
  • Measure and track progress through annual reporting
  • Co-design and implement pioneer initiatives, activities and solutions across the region
  • Share knowledge and experiences, and learn from regional, national and global experts



Who will oversee the delivery of ANZPAC?


APCO has worked closely with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (The Foundation) and WRAP UK to develop ANZPAC. Having launched numerous Pacts already, The Foundation and WRAP UK brought extensive expertise to the development process and support when consulting with local stakeholders in the Pacific Islands and New Zealand.


In 2020 APCO worked closely with our partner organisations and stakeholders from across the plastic value chain to develop the program for our market. The ANZPAC Plastics Pact Team spoke with over 300 individuals and organisations across the region, through workshops, groups and one-to-one meetings, to determine the plastic packaging problems that are most important to stakeholders in our region.


Following the ANZPAC launch, work will continue to co-design and launch key projects throughout the region, drawing on the expertise of local delivery champions. The Foundation will continue to support ANZPAC in an advisory role and provide the reporting framework for the Pact annual report. 


To ensure the whole region has an active voice in shaping and governing ANZPAC, APCO will establish a senior steering committee of industry experts to oversee the Program. The Collective Action Group (CAG) is a team of leading industry, government and civil society representatives from across the supply chains in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. CAG members will be highly experienced, committed to achieving positive environmental outcomes and willing to collaborate.




If you have any questions, or would like more information, please get in touch via ANZPAC@apco.org.au or check our FAQ document here