• APCO and the AIP have signed a MoU in a bid to align sustainable packaging practices throughout industry.
    APCO and the AIP have signed a MoU in a bid to align sustainable packaging practices throughout industry.

In a strategic move aimed at strengthening the Australian and New Zealand packaging sector, the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) and the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, signifying a collaborative effort to align sustainable packaging practices throughout industry.

Under the agreement, the two peak bodies have formed a strategic partnership that aims to improve packaging and sustainability knowledge in the Australia and New Zealand region. 

“This strategic partnership is a pivotal moment for APCO, reinforcing our commitment to building capability in Australia’s packaging system to transition to a circular economy,” said Chris Foley, CEO of APCO. 

“Together, we aim to elevate industry knowledge, empower our members, as well as the broader industry, and drive positive change towards a more environmentally-conscious future.” 

The partnership will provide proof points for sustainability professionals regarding their packaging and sustainability credentials. This will be achieved through AIP facilitation and delivery of APCO-focused educational courses, which will be available to industry in 2024. 

The focus of the courses is on uplifting skill levels, and recognising knowledge in APCO and packaging sustainability related topics, such as the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) program.

“The AIP is excited about the transformative impact that this strengthened partnership will offer the packaging industry,” said Nerida Kelton, AIP’s executive director.

“After serving the industry for 60 years, this agreement not only highlights our commitment to education, but also signifies a pivotal step toward a more sustainable circular economy for Australasian packaging. 

“Together, the AIP and APCO aim to elevate packaging knowledge and training, and improve core technical competencies across the industry. This will drive positive change and set new standards for designing better packaging for the region.” 

According to Chloe Rose, head of communications and engagement at APCO, it’s important that sustainability professionals can provide proof points on their expertise in packaging recyclability. 

“This is an especially important step for organisations who need guidance on who has the knowledge, skills and experience in assessing recycled content in packaging,” she said. 

“We are very pleased to be able to offer this APCO capability evidence to the industry.” 

With a history of collaboration between APCO and the AIP, the formalisation of this partnership will contribute to stronger alignment of industry and the promotion of a circular economy for packaging.

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