The 2020 Woman in Industry Awards Industry Advocacy prize has been awarded to National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) CEO, Rose Read.
The former chairman and director of Queensland’s Container Exchange and former general manager of the Australia Beverage Council Alby Taylor, is the new CEO of Return-It.
The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) weekly community webinar series will continue throughout July as it commemorates the 10th anniversary of Plastic Free July with a resource toolkit.
According to APCO, the webinars will take a data deep dive into packaging material flows in Australia, a designer’s guide to the circular economy and sustainable packaging, an introduction to Life Cycle Assessments methodologies, and a look at the rise of sustainable investment in Australia. They will also host a session exploring how a behaviour science approach can help to deliver better environmental outcomes around plastic.
APCO CEO Brooke Donnelly said that, “…even during such unusual circumstances, the APCO community is keen to continue growing their collective understanding of the circular economy and sustainable packaging best practice.”
Plastic Free July
The resource toolkit kit contains the latest plastic packaging statistics and 15 case studies showcasing organisations that are championing issues like single-use plastic avoidance and phase out, reusable packaging, community education and recycled content.
Organisations highlighted include Responsible Cafes, Cove by Natures Organics, CHEP Australia, Loop, REDcycle, Plastic Police, Unilever, Colgate-Palmolive, THE ICONIC, Plastic Free Communities, Take 3 For the Sea and Operation Clean Sweep. A range of APCO-led initiatives are also highlighted, including the ANZPAC program, the Australasian Recycling Label Program and FY21 Priority Projects addressing plastic packaging.
“Plastic Free July is the perfect opportunity to focus on positive solutions to the plastic packaging challenge. We have developed our new Plastic Free July toolkit to recognise some of the good work and innovation already being delivered – and highlight a range of tangible ways that consumers, businesses and governments can drive practical action in their own community,” Donnelly added.
Toby Kent has joined the board of The Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (BCSD Australia). He was chair of the Future Business Council (FBC), which transferred its intellectual property to BCSD Australia and closed in May.
WMRR recently held its 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) welcoming its 2020-2022 Board of Directors. National president, Garth Lamb, told the meeting that, “Over recent years, our sector has had to deal with structural changes in recycling markets, has been battered through media headlines, and has had to find ways to keep delivering essential services through various challenges, including natural disasters and some woeful policy decisions.”
The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), the Australasian Bioplastics Association (ABA) and the Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA) have partnered to produce a guideline to help businesses make better choices about using compostable packaging.
The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) is delivering a sustainability webinar series to help industry professionals stay connected.