Tuesday, January 18, 2022

ANZPAC launches to tackle plastic waste

The ANZPAC Plastics Pact (ANZPAC) has launched in the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands region today, uniting businesses, NGOs and governments behind a series of ambitious 2025 targets to eliminate plastic waste.

Joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact Network, the ANZPAC Plastics Pact is said to represent the complete plastics supply chain, from leading brands, packaging manufacturers and retailers to resource recovery leaders, government institutions, and NGOs. Among the Pact’s members are Coles Group, Woolworths Group, ALDI Australia, Coca-Cola South Pacific, Mondelēz Australia, Nestlé Australia and Unilever (full list below).

The ambitious new cross-regional program is expected to “fundamentally transform” our response to plastic. This will be achieved by eliminating the plastics we don’t need, innovating to ensure that the 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.

Targets

ANZPAC members will work towards four “clear, actionable” targets by 2025:

  • Eliminate unnecessary and problematic plastic packaging through redesign, innovation and alternative (reuse) delivery models.
  • 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025.
  • Increase plastic packaging collected and effectively recycled by 25% for each geography within the ANZPAC region.
  • Average of 25% recycled content in plastic packaging across the region.

The immediate next steps for members, says the program, will be to develop a roadmap for action.

Brooke Donnelly, the CEO of Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (ANZPAC lead organisation) comments: “On behalf of the ANZPAC team, and our passionate community of founding members, it is my pleasure to officially launch the ANZPAC Plastics Pact for the Oceania region.

“As well as a growing problem, plastic is also fundamentally an international one. To tackle plastic waste effectively we need to find solutions that aren’t constrained by national borders or old ways of thinking. Through the Plastics Pact model, we will bring together the complete plastic supply chain across the entire Oceania region, and working with our global partners through the Plastics Pact network, develop solutions that deliver real and tangible change to the plastic problem for our region.

“Congratulations to all of our founding members on their genuine commitment to achieving a circular economy for plastics and their willingness to break down traditional barriers and accelerate truly innovative solutions.”

Founding members and supporters

  1. ALDI Australia
  2. Amcor Flexibles
  3. The Arnott’s Group
  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
  18. EGO Pharmaceuticals
  19. Good Environmental Choice Australia
  20. Keep New Zealand Beautiful
  21. KeepCup
  22. Klöckner Pentaplast Group
  23. Mad World
  24. Marine Plastic Solutions
  25. Mettler Packaging
  26. Mondelēz Australia
  27. Nestlé Australia
  28. O F Packaging
  29. Ocean Impact Organisation
  30. PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand
  31. Piber Plastics Australia
  32. Planet Ark Environmental Foundation
  33. Planet Protector Packaging
  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 Pty
  46. TerraCycle Australia and New Zealand
  47. The Better Packaging Co.
  48. Polystyrene Solutions
  49. TIPA-Corp
  50. PAKTOEARTH
  51. Unilever Australia
  52. Vanden Recycling
  53. Vanuatu Beverage
  54. Vanuatu Brewing
  55. Vanuatu Environmental Science Society
  56. Vanuatu Recyclers and Waste Management Association
  57. Vava’u Environmental Protection Association
  58. Veolia Environmental Services
  59. Woolworths Group
  60. World Wide Fund for Nature

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