APCO LAUNCHES ROADMAP TO ACHIEVE ANZPAC 2025 TARGETS
20 July 2022
The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), under the Australia New Zealand Pacific Island Plastics Pact (ANZPAC), has today published the ANZPAC Roadmap to 2025. This critical new document outlines the approach required by key players across the entire plastics value chain to achieve the ANZPAC Regional Plastic Targets by 2025 and, more broadly, to develop a circular economy for plastics.
The ANZPAC Roadmap is the culmination of extensive discussions between more than 100 organisations, both large and small, coming together across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands over the past year to outline the necessary outcomes and activities required to achieve the ANZPAC Targets.
The Roadmap provides a pathway to substantially change our relationship with plastic packaging by recognising the unique position of the organisations involved and identifying the common barriers to achieving a circular economy in the region, including access to data, geographical challenges, market size, technology, and cultural challenges.
Brooke Donnelly, CEO, APCO (ANZPAC lead organisation) commented: “This incredible collaboration across countries highlights the critical importance of coming together as a region to learn from each other, align and accelerate the work to overhaul our relationship with plastic packaging and develop long-term sustainable solutions.
“If our work is to be successful, it’s vital that businesses across the packaging value chain throughout Oceania familiarise themselves with the actions outlined in this Roadmap and incorporate these into their business planning”.
Margaret Stuart, Oceania Director Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Nestlé said: “We’re working hard to reduce our use of virgin plastics and make our packaging recyclable or reusable, but we know we need to do more, and we know we can’t do it alone. The ANZPAC Roadmap gives us a framework within which we can collaborate in the region to ensure that packaging can be collected and recovered for a better future.”
Richard Kirkman, CEO, Veolia Australia and New Zealand, commented: “The circular economy demands that we pivot the entire supply chain. Manufacturers need to make products that can be easily recycled, and that use recycled raw materials, local authorities need to implement better and more consistent collection systems, recycling businesses like ourselves need to build greater capacity for reprocessing, and consumers should vote with their purchase power and then put the right thing in the right bin. Now is the time to execute the ANZPAC Plastic Pact Roadmap so that we can meet the targets we’ve set. The changes we make will work, but only if we work together, and all play our part.”
The Roadmap identifies organisations from across the supply chain with leading, supporting or consulting roles for each of the core activities aligned to each of the Targets.
The four ANZPAC Regional Plastics Targets are:
- Eliminate unnecessary and problematic plastic packaging through redesign, innovation, and alternative (reuse) delivery models.
- 100% of plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025.
- Increase plastic packaging collected and effectively recycled by 25% for each geography within the ANZPAC region.
- Average of 25% recycled content in plastic packaging across the region.
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Pablo Kraus, CEO, ecostore Company commented: “At ecostore we are proud supporters of the ANZPAC Roadmap. We believe it is essential that we work together to re-imagine our broken systems and create a circular sustainable economy. I am optimistic, and I know that through collaboration we can protect our world for future generations.”
Nicholas Rogers, Packaging Technologist, Sustainability, EGO Pharmaceuticals said: “Ego Pharmaceuticals PTY LTD is an Australian, family owned and run business that develops and manufactures skincare products and uses plastic in its packaging to help maintain the integrity of our product formulations. Ego understands that plastic can be an environmental concern and so we are working to find circular solutions for our packaging. We are a supporter of the ANZPAC Roadmap to 2025 as Ego understands that it is only through innovation and collaboration that the development of a circular economy for plastics can occur.”
ABOUT AUSTRALIAN PACKAGING COVENANT ORGANISATION
The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) is the agency charged by government to make all packaging 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.
For more information about APCO visit: www.apco.org.au.
ABOUT THE 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, where plastic never becomes waste or pollution. Together through shared knowledge, investment and industry led innovation ANZPAC will eliminate the plastics we don’t need, innovate to ensure that the plastics we do need are reusable, recyclable, or compostable, and circulate the plastic we use, keeping it in the economy and out of the environment. ANZPAC members represent the complete plastics value chain, from leading brands, packaging manufacturers and retailers to resource recovery leaders, government institutions, and NGOs. The Pact will work to deliver a set of concrete, ambitious and time-bound targets. ANZPAC joins the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's global Plastics Pact network, The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) is the organisation leading the ANZPAC program for the region.
ANZPAC is part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Plastics Pact Network, a global community of 1,000+ organisations committed to the vision of a circular economy for plastic through the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and global Plastics Pacts Network. Through this network ANZPAC brings together brands, community groups, packaging industry, resource recovery industry, academia and governments behind the shared vision of a circular economy for plastic where it never becomes waste or pollution.
ANZPAC Supporters include the Australian Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, the New Zealand Ministry for Environment, and Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme as well as major retailers, food and beverage manufactures, plastics manufacturers, the CSIRO and WWF. For a full list of ANZPAC Members please visit the ANZPAC website here.
For more information about ANZPAC Plastics Pact visit: www.anzpac.org.au