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New APCO Roadmap outlines plastic strategy for 2025

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), under the Australia New Zealand Pacific Island Plastics Pact (ANZPAC), has published the ANZPAC Roadmap to 2025. It outlines the approach needed by key players across the plastics value chain to achieve the ANZPAC Regional Plastic Targets by 2025, as well as develop a circular economy for plastics.

The ANZPAC Roadmap is the culmination of discussions between more than 100 organisations, both large and small, coming together across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands over the past year to outline the necessary outcomes and activities required to achieve the targets.

The Roadmap provides a pathway to change the relationship with plastic packaging by recognising the unique position of the organisations involved and identifying the common barriers to achieving a circular economy in the region, including access to data, geographical challenges, market size, technology, and cultural challenges.

“This…collaboration across countries highlights the critical importance of coming together as a region to learn from each other, align and accelerate the work to overhaul our relationship with plastic packaging and develop long-term sustainable solutions,” said Brooke Donnelly, CEO, APCO (ANZPAC lead organisation).

“If our work is to be successful, it’s vital that businesses across the packaging value chain throughout Oceania familiarise themselves with the actions outlined in this Roadmap and incorporate these into their business planning.”

“We’re working hard to reduce our use of virgin plastics and make our packaging recyclable or reusable, but we know we need to do more, and we know we can’t do it alone,” said Margaret Stuart, Oceania director corporate affairs and sustainability, Nestlé. “The ANZPAC Roadmap gives us a framework within which we can collaborate in the region to ensure that packaging can be collected and recovered for a better future.”

“The circular economy demands that we pivot the entire supply chain. Manufacturers need to make products that can be easily recycled, and that use recycled raw materials, local authorities need to implement better and more consistent collection systems, recycling businesses like ourselves need to build greater capacity for reprocessing, and consumers should vote with their purchase power and then put the right thing in the right bin,” said Richard Kirkman, CEO, Veolia Australia and New Zealand. “Now is the time to execute the ANZPAC Plastic Pact Roadmap so that we can meet the targets we’ve set. The changes we make will work, but only if we work together, and all play our part.”

The Roadmap identifies organisations from across the supply chain with leading, supporting or consulting roles for each of the core activities aligned to each of the Targets.

The four ANZPAC Regional Plastics Targets are:

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