The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has today launched the Collective Impact report, an analysis of Australia’s current progress towards the 2025 National Packaging Targets and the need for alternative interventions to support the transition to a circular economy for packaging in Australia.
Launched as part of APCO’s inaugural Collective Impact Summit, the report identifies the current system performance and emerging gaps that may impact progress towards the circular economic transition.
The 2025 National Packaging Targets include the use of 100 per cent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging; 70 per cent of plastic packaging being recycled or composted; 50 per cent of average recycled content included in packaging and the phase out of problematic and unnecessary single-use plastics packaging. All by 2025.
After identifying the specific gaps that remain for each of the Targets, the report provides a clear list of actions required from businesses and organisations across the packaging value chain on the road to achieving the 2025 Targets.
The report also identifies the actions required within the three core areas of activity in sustainable packaging – Packaging designed for circularity, improved collection and recycling systems, and expanded markets for used packaging.
Brooke Donnelly, CEO, APCO, said immediate action is required in order to satisfy the 2025 targets.
“The core message of this report is clear – if we are going to achieve the 2025 National Packaging Targets, we all need to do more and the time to act is now. We have seen fantastic progress so far towards the Targets, but we must accelerate our efforts if we are to be successful by 2025,” Donnelly said.
The report will be discussed in detail as part of APCO’s Collective Impact Summit, which brings together businesses and organisations from across the packaging value chain to discuss what needs to be done moving forward and how best to work to achieve the 2025 targets.
For more information on the 2025 National Packaging Targets, click here.
To access the Collective Impact report, click here.