Sustainability

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.

CHEP, Biopak, Panasonic, and Amgen were among the companies recognised for leading the way in sustainable packaging design and innovation at the annual APCO Awards in Melbourne.

On the back of the recent breakthrough launch of a 90 per cent food grade recycled ‘Squeezy’ Sauce Bottle, Sydney-based manufacturer of rigid plastics packaging, Wellman Packaging, has stepped up again to announce that it is 100 per cent rPET ready.

Tetra Pak has become the first food and beverage industry company to source plant-based polymers using the Bonsucro sustainable sugar cane standards.

Coca-Cola Amatil and Veolia have signed a Heads of Agreement to explore opportunities for a recycled PET processing plant in Australia.

The Queensland government is preparing to ban single-use plastics across the state following the success of its ban on lightweight single-use plastic bags, which saw 900 million bags saved in the first year.