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Australia’s 2025 National Packaging Targets

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.

Document title Published
Action Plan for Problematic and Unnecessary Single-Use Plastic Packaging December 2020
Quickstart Guide: Rigid HDPE Packaging December 2020
Quickstart Guide: Household Consumer Soft Plastics December 2020
Quickstart Guide: Rigid PP Packaging December 2020
Plastic Free July Messaging & Resource Toolkit July 2020
Considerations for Compostable Plastic Packaging May 2020