APCO Announces 2020 Award Finalists

Subject: Awards, 2025 Targets
4 November 2020

APCO is delighted to announce the successful finalists for its 2020 Annual Awards. This year, 45 organisations from across nine industry sectors have been recognised for their sustainable packaging innovation and leadership, including their dedication to meeting the 2025 National Packaging Targets. 

Brooke Donnelly, CEO, APCO commented: “With 2020 presenting such a unique and challenging time for many Members, it’s more important than ever to recognise the hard work of organisations that are continuing to make sustainability a top priority. On behalf of the whole APCO team, I’d like to extend a huge congratulations to all of our finalists for 2020 and we look forward to celebrating (virtually) with all of you later this month”. 

The APCO Awards will take place virtually on 18 November. Given this year’s shorter online format, the Industry Sector Award winners will be announced ahead of the ceremony at 9am via email and social media. Registration is now open to APCO Members via the APCO website: apco.org.au/2020-apco-awards.

The 2020 APCO Award finalists include: 

The Industry Sector Awards

Finalists in the Industry Sector Awards are assessed based on Members’ Annual Reporting scores and their performance against the Packaging Sustainability Framework criteria. The Industry Sector Awards are made up of nine categories, and this year’s finalists include: 

  • 3M Australia
  • ABC Tissue Products 
  • Australian Postal Organisation
  • ALDI Stores (Australia)
  • Amgen Australia 
  • C.A. Henschke & Company
  • Coles Supermarkets Australia
  • Colourtrend Paints (Aust.)
  • CHEP Australia
  • Chobani
  • Dell Australia
  • Detmold Packaging 
  • Fonterra Brands (Australia) 
  • Garden City Plastics
  • GM Holden 
  • Hugo Boss Australia 
  • KeepCup
  • Kellogg (Aust) 
  • Kyocera Document Solutions Australia
  • LyondellBasell Australia
  • McCormick Foods Australia
  • Officeworks
  • Panasonic Australia 
  • Philip Morris 
  • Procter & Gamble Australia
  • Qantas Airways
  • Rawbone Pet Foods 
  • Ridley Corporation 
  • Rivalea (Australia) 
  • SingTel Optus
  • Super Retail Group 
  • Telstra Corporation 

Outstanding Achievement Awards

The Outstanding Achievement Awards recognise Members that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to Leadership, Sustainable Packaging Outcomes, and Sustainable Packaging Operations in the APCO Annual Reporting process. The shortlisted businesses include: 

  • CHEP Australia
  • Coca-Cola Amatil 
  • Detmold Packaging 
  • KeepCup 
  • Kellogg (Aust) 
  • LyondellBasell Australia 
  • Panasonic Australia 
  • Sancell 
  • S.C. Johnson & Son 
  • Storopack Australia 
  • Zipform Packaging


Our Packaging Future Awards 

New in 2020, the Our Packaging Future Awards highlight innovation and leadership from Members in sustainable packaging education (industry and consumer facing), improved collection and recycling systems, and end-market development. The Awards were self-nominated, with the impressive range of submissions assessed against three key pillars of innovation, accessibility and impact. The finalists include: 

  • ALDI Stores: 25by25 Plastics and Packaging Commitments and Communication Campaign
  • BioPak: BioPak Compost service
  • BioPak: World’s first zero waste flight with Qantas 
  • Coca-Cola Amatil: 100% recycled PET beverage packaging
  • Coles Supermarkets: Coles Brand recyclable packaging project
  • Hanes: Packaging Sustainability Education campaign
  • Natures Organics: Cove, a range of reusable and refillable cleaning products,
  • Signet: Unpack It, eco-friendly packaging webinar series
  • TerraCycle Australia & New Zealand: The Colgate Community Garden Challenge
  • THE ICONIC: 100% post-consumer recycled plastic delivery satchels 
  • Unilever Australia & New Zealand: “Buy Better” consumer campaign
  • Woolworths: Industrially compostable coffee pods and supporting collection scheme

Sustainability Champion Award

The Sustainability Champion Award recognises individual commitment to a range of criteria, including dedication to embedding sustainability into organisational practice, leadership, outstanding performance, standout achievements and personal growth. The Sustainability Champion finalists for 2020 include: 

  • Caitlyn Richards, Coles
  • Ian Jacobi, Modern Dental Australia
  • Lachlan Feggans, CHEP Australia
  • Matthew Mills, Garden City Plastics
  • Monica Doyle, Brownes Dairy.

- ENDS – 

Notes to editors

For more information: 

- Alice Johnson – alice@horizoncg.com.au

- Alex Whitaker – alex@horizoncg.com.au 

About APCO


The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) is a not for profit organisation leading the development of a circular economy for packaging in Australia. APCO works with governments, businesses and other organisations from across Australia’s large and complex packaging value chain to develop the insights, resources and programs that are needed to build a sustainable national packaging ecosystem. In 2018, APCO was endorsed by government to lead the delivery of Australia’s 2025 National Packaging Targets and ensure all packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. To achieve this goal, APCO is working closely with government and industry to deliver a range of sustainable design, recycling, waste to landfill reduction and circular economy projects. Recognised as one of Australia’s leading product stewardship organisations with a strong national and global collaborative network, APCO is committed to reducing the environmental impact of packaging on Australian communities by moving towards a circular economy. 

About the APCO Awards 

The annual APCO Awards ceremony recognises and celebrates Australian organisations that are leading the way in sustainable packaging design and innovation. The APCO Awards celebrates Australian industry’s commitment to delivering the 2025 National Packaging Targets and building a national circular economy approach to packaging. In 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the APCO Awards will take place virtually via Zoom, with dial-in details shared to attendees closer to the time. All APCO Members are invited to register now to reserve their spot for the Awards ceremony.