• PKN Managing Editor & Publisher Lindy Hughson and Associate Editor Wayne Robinson.
    PKN Managing Editor & Publisher Lindy Hughson and Associate Editor Wayne Robinson.

In this regular monthly podcast, industry insiders Lindy Hughson and Wayne Robinson provide insight, analysis and commentary on some of the top news stories shaping change in Australia’s dynamic packaging industry.

Topics covered this month include Australia as test market for fibre-based packaging for confectionery; REDcycle soft plastics update; turning beverage cartons into building materials; and rigid plastic recycling infrastructure coming on stream.

We discuss the growing trend of fibre based packaging and how it is being adopted by Nestle and Mars in a flexible format. The podcast also explores the viability and applications of paper-based packaging, with consideration to consumer behaviours and materials supply.

We also review Tetra Pak's new recycling facility that will create low carbon building materials and their initiative to replace the aluminium layer in their carton with polymer and fibre-based barriers to make it more recyclable.

We wrap up by exploring developments in the REDcycle soft plastics saga, and Pact Group's circular recycling facilities for PET and HPDE materials coming on stream this year.


Supermarkets to ensure REDcycle rubbish avoids landfill: www.packagingnews.com.au/latest/supermarkets-to-ensure-redcycle-rubbish-avoids-landfill

Melbourne's $50m PET recycling facility takes shape: www.packagingnews.com.au/latest/melbourne-s-50m-pet-recycling-facility-takes-shape

Australia to spearhead confectionery paper packs:

Nestle's KitKat in paper packaging trial:

Mars Wrigley switches to paper-based packaging:

Ball & Doggett to distribute Sappi barrier papers:

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

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