ANZPAC Plastics Pact
The ANZPAC Plastics Pact (ANZPAC) is a collaborative solution that brings together key players behind a shared vision of a circular economy for plastic, in which it never becomes waste or pollution.
Engaging with Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, ANZPAC is the first Plastics Pact in the Oceania region and the second regional Plastics Pact to become part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact network. With Pacts in Africa, Europe, North America and South America, this network is a globally aligned response to plastic waste and pollution.
How do I join ANZPAC?
The ANZPAC Plastics Pact is now open for applications. More information on Membership and access to the application form is available here.
The ANZPAC Plastics Pact has two Membership categories:
- ANZPAC Member - for brand owners, retailers, manufacturers and businesses throughout the plastics supply chain.
- ANZPAC Supporter – for government, academia, community groups, NGOs and industry association organisations.
Why do we need ANZPAC?
No plastic should end up in landfill or our region’s natural environments. In Australia, only 18% 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 pollution 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 current momentum and action on the issue is admirable, there is a great risk that the present disparate response will lead to duplication and wasted resources, and ultimately an inconsistent and less effective approach.
To deliver meaningful change on plastic pollution, 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. The Plastics Pact network is a globally aligned response to plastic waste and pollution that enables vital knowledge sharing and co-ordinated action. Each Pact brings together businesses, policymakers, and NGOs around the world, who through shared ambition, combined expertise and collaboration, create regional and national solutions to plastic waste and pollution.
How will we achieve this?
- Coordinate and align all stakeholders to support and work towards a clear and consistent vision.
- Work collaboratively towards national and regional Plastics Pact 2025 targets:
- Eliminate unnecessary and problematic plastic packaging through redesign, innovation and alternative (reuse) delivery models
- 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging
- Increase plastic packaging collected and effectively recycled by at least 25% for each geography within the ANZPAC region
- Average of 25% recycled content in plastic packaging across the region
- Build a clearly defined roadmap for how the region will reach them.
- Measure and communicate 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 and WRAP UK to develop ANZPAC. Having launched numerous Pacts already, the two organisations have 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.
In 2021, ANZPAC 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, known as the Collective Action Group (CAG). The 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.