Sustainability

International environmental group Canopy has unveiled an action plan to conserve up to 30 per cent of the world’s forests by 2030 by halving the amount of forest fibre in pulp manufacturing for packaging and textiles.

Astron, Pact Group’s sustainability division, has been accepted into the top tier of membership at the Australian Council of Recycling.

China will ban or restrict single-use plastics in three stages over the next five years, including non-degradable plastic bags, plastic tableware, and express delivery plastic packaging.

British-based Biopac has officially rebranded as BioPak UK, uniting with the Australian BioPak business following the acquisition of both by Swedish-based Duni AB.

Will Australian waste management be technology ready in 2030? Waste and resource recovery companies are invited to assist in turning rubbish mountains into business opportunities.

Australia will hold its first National Plastics Summit in March to address the growing problem of plastic waste.

Cadbury has trialled new 100 per cent sustainably sourced recyclable paper wrapping for its chocolate products in New Zealand.

Coca-Cola Amatil is nearing completion on one of Australia’s largest solar panel arrays: 5200 panels covering 8516 square metres on the roof of its distribution centre in Eastern Creek, Sydney.

The Federal Government has poured $100m into a new fund to support recycling projects and keep waste from landfill.

An application for a glass recycling plant in Melbourne to remain open an additional 15 years has been rejected by the local council for the second time.

The upward trend in online shopping is generating an increase in plastic packaging waste, but a solution is at hand from start-up The Better Packaging Co. PKN speaks to co-founder Kate Bezar.

Pact Group has significantly expanded its processing and recycling capacity for locally-sourced post-consumer resin.

Though plastic is a challenge, the race to reach the 2025 National Packaging Targets is well underway, according to the newest APCO report.

Researchers from the University of New South Wales have developed a way to turn banana plantation waste into biodegradable and recyclable packaging.

A relaunched initiative supported by the Australian Government will encourage businesses to reduce emissions by voluntarily committing to a certified carbon neutral scheme. Businesses BioPak and Lion are among the already certified companies.