Saturday, April 13, 2024

APCO’s inaugural national single use plastic workshop

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) is holding its inaugural national single use plastic workshop in Adelaide today.

This workshop is a key step on the road to phasing out all problematic and unnecessary single use plastic packaging in Australia by 2025. This forms one of the four 2025 national packaging targets.

The meeting was the first time governments and industry from all over Australia came together to tackle the issue, with over 70 participants covering major retailers (including Woolworths and Coles); federal, state and local government; packaging designers and manufacturers; businesses; industry associations; academics and community organisations.

Workshop focus areas

The workshop focused on understanding policy approaches nationally and the role of organisations within their supply chain, providing greater confidence that industry actions are aligned and compatible with government priorities. The session is also assisting APCO to define the program of work in 2020.

Josh Teague MP, Member for Heysen and Chair of the Natural Resources Committee of Parliament, delivered the keynote address on behalf of David Speirs MP, Minister for Environment and Water.

“It’s an honour to be part of this great collaborative effort here in the leading circular city of Adelaide as we define a pathway forward for how we translate the current national policy work into tangible outcomes for our local communities,” APCO CEO Brooke Donnelly said.

For further information or a full list of participants contact Alex Whitaker on


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