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Keep up to date with the latest APCO news, including Member achievements, updates from our sustainable packaging programs and progress towards the 2025 National Packaging Targets.

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Member Monthly Update December 2020

The Member Monthly Update keeps Members informed of APCO News, new Resources and upcoming events.

Collective Impact, 2025 Targets

New APCO report maps the state of packaging in Australia and progress on Australia’s 2025 National Packaging Targets

APCO has today published ‘Australian packaging consumption and recycling data 2018–19, he second in a series of annual publications mapping the state of packaging in Australia, the report’s findings demonstrate that overall trends are positive, and Australia is making progress towards the 2025 Targets year-on-year. However, significant action from stakeholders across the supply chain is still required in order for Australia to meet the 2025 Target

Member Opportunity

Join the APCO and GS1 Australia to workshop an opportunity to leverage the National Product Catalogue (NPC) to manage and share information on packaging sustainability achievements

Soft Plastics

APCO partners with Packaging Forum to improve soft plastic recycling in New Zealand.

The Packaging Forum’s Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme recognised as approved alternative destination under the ARL Program.

Government Update

On 10 December, Commonwealth Environment Minister Sussan Ley announced that a Sustainable Communities and Waste Hub will be established by a research consortium led by the University of New South Wales (UNSW). A total of $17 million in grant funding will be provided for the hub over the next 7 years under the Commonwealth Government’s National Environmental Science Program.

APCO PUBLISHES 2019/20 ANNUAL REPORT

APCO is delighted to publish its FY 2019/20 Annual Report, which outlines the major achievements of APCO and its wider community.

Single Use Problematic Unnecessary

APCO launches Action Plan for Problematic and Unnecessary Single-Use Plastic Packaging

New resource will help Australian businesses eliminate approximately 50,700 tonnes of problem plastics every year.

Member Opportunity

The Health and Environment Committee is seeking submissions on the Waste Reduction and Recycling (Plastic Items) Amendment Bill 2020. Submissions close at 5.00pm on Wednesday, 13 January 2021.

Member Opportunity

Applications now open for round two of the $52.8 million Manufacturing Modernisation Fund.

New report outlines challenges and opportunities to improve packaging waste management in remote and regional Australia

New report published by APCO outlines the challenges and opportunities to improve packaging waste collection and processing options in remote and regional Australia.

GOVERNMENT UPDATE

Developments in government policy in the past month include Western Australia’s plan to phase out single-use plastics, funding announcements to support waste management, recycling and innovation in NSW and Victoria and progress on the Commonwealth’s waste legislation.

Leaders from packaging manufacturing and industry join APCO Board

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has appointed its Board of Directors for 2021.