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The ANZPAC Plastics Pact has officially launched, uniting businesses, NGOs, and governments across the plastics supply chain behind a series of ambitious 2025 targets to eliminate plastic waste.

ANZPAC (Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands) has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact Network, which is a globally aligned response to plastic waste and pollution. It unites over 550 member organisations behind the shared vision of a circular economy for plastic, where it never becomes a waste or pollution. 

The ANZPAC Plastics Pact has been a deal three years in the making, and members and supporters celebrated the official,  launch of the program at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney on 18 May. The event drew a crowd in physical attendance, and some 200 participants online. 

The ANZPAC Plastics Pact, which will be administered by the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), represents the complete plastics supply chain – from leading brands, packaging manufacturers and retailers, to resource recovery leaders, government institutions and NGOs.

“This is a platform for creating a consolidated and cohesive approach for the entire plastics supply chain to work together on the important issue of taking plastic and making it circular,” explained Brooke Donnelly, CEO of APCO.

“Here in Australia, just 18 per cent of the plastic we put on the market is successfully recovered for future use. We have a responsibility to be better at that and today’s launch is an incredible step forward.

“And it is really important in this conversation to recognise that plastic as a resource isn’t evil, but the way that we manage plastic at the end of its life is not very effective or efficient at the moment. We cannot be doing business like this moving forward."

A three year journey to get here for APCO's CEO Brooke Donnelly.
A three year journey to get here for APCO's CEO Brooke Donnelly.

 

The ambitious new cross-regional program will work to fundamentally transform the country’s response to plastic by eliminating unneeded plastics; innovating to ensure plastics we do need are reusable, recyclable, or compostable; and circulating the plastic we use, keeping it in the economy and out of the environment.

ANZPAC Plastics Pact members will work towards four clear, actionable targets by 2025, which consists of:

  • Eliminating unnecessary and problematic plastic packaging through redesign, innovation and alternative (reuse) delivery models;
  • 100 per cent of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025;
  • Increasing plastic packaging collected and effectively recycled by 25 per cent for each geography within the ANZPAC region; and
  • Having an average of 25 per cent recycled content in plastic packaging across the region.

The immediate next steps for the ANZPAC Plastics Pact program to achieve its 2025 goals is to develop a roadmap for action.

“The roadmap is really the first step of the ANZPAC network and its important that we all work together to get that clearly defined within the next 12 months so we can start to accelerate achieving our ambitious targets,” Donnelly said. 

“We’ve already started to talk to benefactors and brands to secure their commitments for the use of recycled materials in their packaging format, which is fundamental in achieving a circular outcome.

“There’s a lot of work to be done and the roadmap, along with the project development phase, is very much about working through what that path towards the circular economy will look like.”

According to Trevor Evans, assistant minister for waste reduction and environmental management, there are few areas as complex and challenging as plastic waste here in Australia. 

“Which is why we’re stepping up and taking significant action, both in terms of policy reform and significant record investments, to try to tackle these challenges head on,” Evans said.

“Everyone has a role to play – from governments at all levels, households, small business and large, innovators, entrepreneurs, and community and environmental groups. Engagement, collaboration and cooperation are absolutely the key. 

“We live in a world with complicated supply chains, which is why it’s important for regional approaches, such as the ANZPAC [Plastics Pact], are able to come to the fore with direct support and involvement to really make a difference.” 

For more information, visit the ANZPAC Plastics Pact website here.

Signing on to make a change in the fight against plastic waste.
Signing on to make a change in the fight against plastic waste.

ANZPAC’s founding members and supporters include:

  1. ALDI
  2. Amcor Flexibles
  3. Arnott Biscuits 
  4. Asahi Beverages 
  5. Australian Beverages Council
  6. Australian Bioplastics Association 
  7. Australian Food and Grocery Council
  8. Australian Institute of Packaging 
  9. Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia   
  10. Clean Up Australia
  11. Coca-Cola South Pacific
  12. Coles Group
  13. Colgate Palmolive 
  14. Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation 
  15. Disruptive Packaging
  16. Earthwise Group
  17. ecostore Company
  18. EGO Pharmaceuticals
  19. Good Environmental Choice Australia
  20. Keep New Zealand Beautiful Society Inc. 
  21. KeepCup Pty
  22. Klöckner Pentaplast Group (Linpac Packaging Australia) 
  23. Mad World
  24. Marine Plastic Solutions
  25. Mettler Packaging
  26. Mondelez Australia
  27. Nestle Australia
  28. OF Packaging
  29. Ocean Impact Organisation 
  30. PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand 
  31. Piber Plastics Australia
  32. Planet Ark Environmental Foundation 
  33. Planet Protector Holdings 
  34. Plastic Energy
  35. Pledge for the Planet 
  36. RecycleCorp Vanuatu PLC 
  37. Samoa Recycling Waste Management Association 
  38. Samoa Tourism Authority 
  39. Sancell
  40. Scholle IPN
  41. Seaside Scavenge
  42. Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme
  43. Solomon Islands Recycling Waste Management Association 
  44. Stongim Bisnis 
  45. Tacca Industries
  46. TerraCycle Australia
  47. The Better Packaging Co.
  48. The Trustee for FX PRO ART TRUST 
  49. TIPA-Corp
  50. Twelve8 Technology
  51. Unilever Australia
  52. Vanuatu Beverage
  53. Vanuatu Brewing
  54. Vanuatu Environmental Science Society 
  55. Vanuatu Recyclers and Waste Management Association 
  56. Vava’u Environmental Protection Association
  57. Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) 
  58. Woolworths Group 
  59. World Wide Fund for Nature

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