Award Winning Members

The APCO Annual Awards celebrate Australian organisations that are leading the way in sustainable packaging excellence and innovation. 

All shortlisted businesses display a deep dedication to delivering Australia’s 2025 National Packaging Targets through circular packaging design, improved recycling systems and education, and driving uptake of recycled content in packaging. Finalists and award winners are also recognised for their commitment to collaboration with the wider supply chain and clear leadership among their peers and competitors. 

Open to all Members, the awards are based on exceptional performance in the annual APCO reporting process, as well as packaging sustainability achievements that demonstrate commitment to the 2025 National Packaging Targets and a circular economic approach to packaging. The categories include industry sector-focused awards and excellence categories that recognise outstanding achievement by teams and individuals. Awards are assessed on criteria developed to drive continual improvement and align with the Packaging Sustainability Framework, a 13-part evidence-based framework covering leadership, outcomes, and operations. 

Meet our 2021 award winners

Sustainable Packaging Excellence Award – Kellogg Australia

The team at Kellogg have worked hard to optimise 99% of packaging for material efficiency by converting to a renewable packaging format, with a series of trials showing a 50% material savings across product packaging. Meanwhile, with an ongoing commitment to the application of the Australasian Recycling Label, more than 75% of the company’s total packaging is now labelled as recyclable through the Australian kerbside or REDcycle system.


Our Packaging Future Award for end-market leadership – Nestlé Australia

The 30% recycled content KitKat wrapper was an Australian first to demonstrate the potential for advanced recycling in Australia with Australian post-consumer soft plastics. A coalition of companies in the Australian value chain brought their individual expertise together to process some of the collected waste soft plastic, convert it to oil, and produce Australia’s first soft plastic food wrapper made with recycled content: the KitKat prototype wrapper.


Our Packaging Future Award for Improved Collection and Recycling Systems – BioPak

BioPak’s Compost Connect provides the foodservice industry access to products, services, and information to participate in a circular and regenerative system by recovering and recycling food waste and certified compostable packaging. Structured as a collaborative, open, not-for-profit organisation, Compost Connect allows businesses to identify suppliers of certified compostable packaging and connect to organic waste recovery and recycling service providers.


Our Packaging Future Award for Packaging Sustainability Education – Consumer Education – Nestlé Australia

The KitKat 'Give the Planet A Break' campaign was developed in response to consumer confusion about soft plastics and recycling. Many Australians still struggle with 'soft plastics', yet soft plastics make up the majority of confectionery bags and wrappers. The campaign aimed to disrupt the confusion and motivate people to make the right choice and recycle their KitKat wrappers (and other soft plastics) correctly. This campaign was brought to life through a KitKat Limited Edition 4 finger pack, which featured the universally recognised mobius loop symbol (made of KitKat fingers) replacing the iconic KitKat logo in stores over four weeks.


Our Packaging Future Award for Packaging Sustainability Education – Industry Education – Coles

Following an audit of packaging data, Coles established a project to gather detailed packaging information from Own Brand suppliers for assessment in PREP. Along with completing thousands of PREP reports, Coles contacted suppliers to provide detailed packaging information via an innovative online Survey. Through this approach, Coles focused attention on packaging recyclability and raised awareness of PREP. Innovative and detailed reporting dashboards have also helped identify areas to focus packaging education to support progress towards the 2025 Targets.


Outstanding Achievement in Industry Leadership – CHEP Australia

A Member since 2012 and an active participant in APCO working groups over the last two years, CHEP has continued to focus on its leadership positions in 2020 through the introduction of new 2025 sustainability targets and its commitment to Pioneer Regenerative Supply Chains. This focus has allowed CHEP to improve its circularity measurements and increase its already positive collaborations, including the uptake of the company’s ‘Share and Reuse’ circular packaging solutions.


Outstanding Achievement in Sustainable Packaging Outcomes – Austcor

Following a regular in-house research and development program, Austcor has been able to successfully optimise all of its packaging by developing stronger boxes with light-weighted paper. With comprehensive procedures in place, Austcor ensures all packaging is reviewed against the Sustainable Packaging Guidelines and verified for recyclability through PREP. An APCO Member for seven years now, Austcor has demonstrated superb commitment to transitioning towards a circular economy, with 80% of its packaging now made with an average of 70% recycled content.


Outstanding Achievement in Sustainable Packaging Operations – Beacon Lighting

Working closely with its suppliers, Beacon Lighting has ensured its distribution packaging is fully optimised, while also no longer using any outer packaging on products that are shipped to Australia from overseas suppliers. Returnable wooden pallets were also implemented for store deliveries and large commercial shipments.


High Performing New Member Award - Arcadian Organic & Natural Meat Co

Arcadian has a long-standing commitment to reducing its plastic by developing new packaging formats and ensuring the use of materials that align with its sustainable principles. 100% of packaging used is made from certified renewables or recycled materials and has been reviewed against the Sustainable Packaging Guidelines. Arcadian has also joined the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) Program and partnered with REDcycle to improve the recovery of its packaging.


Sustainability Champion Award – Richard Fine, BioPak 

Since founding BioPak in 2006, Richard has been a true champion of compostable packaging. A leading proponent of the need for compostable packaging to be collected with food waste and a driving force behind progress towards both the National Packaging Targets and the National Food Waste Strategy Targets, Richard is at the forefront of the industry. In recent years, Richard has led the establishment of an organic waste collection service, enabling BioPak customers to divert organic waste and compostable packaging from landfill. 

Meet the highest performing Member in each sector: 

  • Agriculture & Nurseries – Evergreen Garden Care Australia
  • Airline, accommodation and tourism – Virgin Australia
  • Chemicals, Hardware and Machinery – General Motors Australia
  • Electronics - Kyocera Document Solutions
  • Food and Beverage – Kellogg Australia
  • General Merchandise and Apparel – 3M Australia
  • Healthcare and Scientific – Amgen Australia
  • Large Retailer – Coles
  • Logistics and Warehousing – CHEP Australia
  • Packaging Manufacturers and Suppliers – Lyondell Basell
  •  Telecommunications – Optus
  •  Tobacco – British American Tobacco

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