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PKN talks... How Planet Ark and Uber Eats are partnering for packaging change with Planet Ark's Rebecca Gilling.

In this episode, Lindy Hughson, managing editor and publisher of PKN Packaging News talks to Rebecca Gilling, CEO and executive director of Planet Ark, about the environmental group's new $13 million partnership with Uber Eats to drive a shift to sustainable packaging in the food service sector.

We discuss why Uber Eats engaged Planet Ark in its quest to give the 50,000+ restaurants on its platform access to sustainable packaging options; the framework developed by the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures; and how the $13 million funding from Uber Eats will be used to educate and incentivise SMEs in food service to make the switch to sustainable packaging.

We review the obstacles businesses may face adopting new packaging, the importance of clear recycling labels for consumers, and the shortcomings of our current compostable solutions.

The discussion also explores Planet Ark’s position on government intervention in sustainable packaging mandates; its role in printer cartridge recycling with Close the Loop that has seen the development TonerPlas technology – made from combining recycled printer cartridges and recycled soft plastic waste – and used as an extender in asphalt roads; and finally we wrap up the conversation by reviewing Planet Ark’s release of its second report on circularity in Australian business.

Links:Australian Circular Economy Hub: acehub.org.au

Circularity in Australian Business 2023 Report:acehub.org.au/knowledge-hub/research/circularity-in-australian-business-2023-perceptions-knowledge-and-actions

Uber Eats delivers $13m to fund packaging changewww.packagingnews.com.au/latest/uber-eats-delivers-13m-to-fund-packaging-change

Close the Loop opens soft plastics recycling plantwww.packagingnews.com.au/latest/close-the-loop-opens-soft-plastics-recycling-plant

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