In 2018 Australia established the ambitious 2025 National Packaging Targets. The Targets create a new sustainable pathway for the way we manage packaging in Australia.
The four Targets are:
- 100 per cent of packaging being reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025
- 70 per cent of plastic packaging being recycled or composted by 2025
- 50 per cent of average recycled content included in packaging by 2025
- The phase out of problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic packaging by 2025.
The National Packaging Targets apply to all packaging that is made, used and sold in Australia. APCO is charged with delivering the industry-led targets.
Good progress is being made against the Targets. Yet, more work is required to ensure they are delivered in full by 2025. Targets requiring attention by industry include:
- increasing the volume of plastic packaging being recycled
- increasing the amount of recycled content in plastic packaging.
To drive further industry action APCO has set a new recycled content target for plastic packaging (20 per cent). APCO has also set material specific targets for recycled content in plastic packaging made from:
- polyethylene (PET) (30 per cent)
- high-density polyethylene (HDPE) (20 per cent)
- polypropylene (PP) (20 per cent).
Governments and APCO are working together to actively track and review industry’s progress towards the Targets.
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