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It was a sustainable and future focused awards evening for APCO

More than 20 accolades were awarded during the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) Annual Awards ceremony covering a broad range of industry sectors, including retail, electronics, manufacturing, healthcare, logistics and food and beverage.

The finalists and winners were recognised for their best practice approach to sustainable packaging design, industry leadership and sustainability education. APCO CEO Brooke Donnelly noted that the devastating impacts of COVID-19 meant a year of deep uncertainty for the industry.

“Yet despite its numerous challenges, I’m proud to confirm that APCO and our members have continued to deliver tangible, measurable and inspiring action against the 2025 National Packaging Targets. Every business shortlisted has displayed a dedication to innovative packaging design, a deep commitment to supply chain collaboration and demonstrated clear leadership among their peers and competitors”.

LyondellBasell took home the coveted Sustainable Packaging Excellence Award at the virtual awards ceremony recognised for its move to deliver 70 per cent of products in reusable bulk packaging formats and diverting 80 per cent of on-site waste from landfill.

New category

This year’s ceremony also included a new category, the Our Packaging Future Awards, which highlighted leadership from Members in three areas: improved collection and recycling systems (awarded to TerraCycle Australia and New Zealand), end-market development (awarded to Coca-Cola Amatil), and sustainable packaging education for both industry (awarded to ALDI) and consumers (awarded to Unilever).

Other award recipients included Kellogg (Outstanding Achievement in Sustainable Packaging Operations), which has redesigned almost all packaging for optimised materials efficiency and weight reduction, with more than 85 per cent now recyclable through kerbside or via the REDcycle program. Also recognised was CHEP Australia (Outstanding Achievement in Sustainable Packaging Outcomes), which has achieved its outstanding zero product-waste-to-landfill target, and Coca-Cola Amatil (Outstanding Achievement in Leadership), which is now manufacturing 7 out of 10 of its plastic bottles from 100 per cent recycled materials.

Garden City Plastics, national sales and marketing manager, Matthew Mills was awarded this year’s Sustainability Champion Award in recognition of his commitment to improving recycling rates for plant packaging and sustainability in the horticulture industry.

The New Member Award went to KeepCup, an organisation that embraces circularity, reuse and packaging reduction at its core. KeepCup was commended for its commitment to consumer education and engagement, with the brand estimating its ‘reuse revolution’ helps to avoid more than 5 million single-use cups being used every day.

Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, Trevor Evans MP, shared his well wishes with this year’s finalists via a video played during the Awards ceremony. “While 2020 has contained many challenges and distractions, over the last 12 months Australia has continued to make huge progress when it comes to recycling, waste reduction and resource recovery. These Awards showcase some fantastic stories of achievement, innovation and leadership in sustainable packaging, and I applaud all the winners and finalists for their commitment and determination to make 2020 a year of unparalleled delivery towards the 2025 National Packaging Targets”.

The winning companies of the 2020 Awards were: 

 Industry Sector Awards

  • Agriculture & Nurseries – Rivalea (Australia)
  • Airline, Accommodation & Tourism – Qantas Airways Limited
  • Chemicals, Hardware & Machinery – Colourtrend Paints (Aust.) Pty. Ltd.
  • Electronics – Kyocera Document Solutions Australia Pty Ltd
  • Food & Beverage – Chobani Pty Ltd
  • General Merchandise & Apparel – 3M Australia Pty Limited
  • Healthcare & Scientific – ABC Tissue Products Pty Ltd
  • Large Retailer – Officeworks Ltd
  • Logistics & Warehousing – CHEP Australia Pty Ltd
  • Packaging Manufacturers & Suppliers – LyondellBasell Australia Pty Ltd
  • Telecommunications – Optus Pty Ltd
  • Tobacco – Philip Morris Limited

Outstanding Achievement Awards

  • Outstanding Achievement in Sustainable Packaging Operations – Kellogg (Aust) Pty Ltd
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sustainable Packaging Outcomes – CHEP Australia Pty Ltd
  • Outstanding Achievement in Leadership – Coca-Cola Amatil Limited
  • Highest Performing New Member – KeepCup Pty Ltd

Our Packaging Future Awards

  • Our Packaging Future Award for Improved Collection and Recycling Systems – TerraCycle Australia & New Zealand, TerraCycle’s Colgate Community Garden Challenge
  • Our Packaging Future Award for End-Market Leadership – Coca-Cola Amatil Limited, 100 per cent recycled PET packaging
  • Our Packaging Future Award for Packaging Sustainability Education – Consumer Education – Unilever ANZ, Empowering Aussies to #buybetter with post-consumer recycled plastic
  • Our Packaging Future Award for Packaging Sustainability Education – Industry Education – ALDI Stores (A Limited Partnership), 25by25 Plastics and Packaging Commitments and Communication Campaign

 APCO Sustainability Champion

Matthew Mills, Garden City Plastics

Sustainable Packaging Excellence Award

LyondellBasell Australia Pty Ltd