PKN talks... Industry collaboration and efforts to implement the circular economy, with Sanjay Dayal of Pact Group.

In this episode, Lindy Hughson, managing editor & publisher of PKN Packaging News, talks with Sanjay Dayal, CEO of Pact Group, on Pact's role in industry collaborations and its alignment with the circular economy.

We start the episode with a discussion on Pact's ability to lead the circular economy and its work across the value chain to produce and use recycled materials along with producing reusable products. This leads to Pact's role in instigating cross-industry collaborations, many with organisations that compete with each other, to increase the levels of recycling being performed within Australia and New Zealand.

Sanjay also covers Pact's market research on consumer willingness to support sustainability and recycling, including moving to a four bin system for recycling. This progresses to a discussion on government's role in implementing the circular economy, lessons learned from foreign initiatives and the benefits being realised through government purchasing policies and mandates.

Finally, we review the impact of COVID on Pact's operations and the changes Sanjay has implemented in Pact to drive improvements over all. We wrap with Sanjay stating the importance of getting involved in the circular economy to help meet Australia's 2025 National Packaging Targets.

You can learn more about Pact Group's steps towards the circular economy at their award-winning website:

You can listen above or follow on your own podcast platform:

 |  |  | 

The PKN Podcast is produced by Southern Skies Media on behalf of PKN Packaging News, owned and published by Yaffa Media.

The views of the people featured on this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of PKN Packaging News, Yaffa Media, or the guest’s employer. The contents are copyright by Yaffa Media.

If you wish to use any of this podcast’s audio, please contact PKN Packaging News via their website or send an email to

MC: Grant McHerron
Host: Lindy Hughson
Producer: Steve Visscher

PKN Packaging News - © 2021

Food & Drink Business

The Australian Food Pact is the latest addition to the arsenal of projects and R&D working to halve the country’s food waste by 2030. Simplot Australia, Woolworths Group, Goodman Fielder and Coles Group are four of the founding signatories, joined by Mars Australia, Mondelēz Australia, ARECO Pacific, and McCain Foods.

With the removal of restrictions across states and transitioning into a COVID-19 norm, Woolworths has announced all team members must be vaccinated in the coming months to keep working.

Asahi Beverages has expanded its initiative to buy barley direct from farmers, with seven New South Wales growers now supplying the company’s Yatala brewery in Queensland.