APCO cuts red tape in annual reporting

Managing and tracking the success of sustainable packaging is about to get easier for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs).

Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation’s (APCO) new SME Report streamlines the reporting process to reduce the workload and make it more efficient for members.

APCO works with government and more than 1500 businesses to reduce the environmental impact of packaging in Australia.

It is actively tracking and reviewing the industry’s progress toward achieving Australia’s 2025 National Packaging Targets, which includes 100 per cent of packing being reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

Recent updates to the Packaging Sustainability Framework and APCO Members’ reporting requirements come into effect for the 2022 Reporting Round.

APCO says members can complete annual reporting up to 80 per cent quicker with SME Report.

“The average small business owner has a lot on their plate so it is critical that we support them however we can. We know time is such a valuable resource for them, which was a key driver for us in streamlining the reporting process,” Brooke Donnelly, APCO Chief Executive said.

“SMEs can now more easily fulfill their responsibility for managing their packaging waste, while continuing to identify ways to improve their overall approach to managing it in a way that brings value to their business as well as the environment.”

The Council of Small Business Organisations Australia, said many small businesses do not have the time, resources and expertise to be across legislative and regulatory change that affects them on an ongoing basis. Small business owners, who often must carry out a variety of tasks ranging from sustainability to human resources, face significant time constraints and reporting can be a significant burden on time.

APCO member and reusable coffee cup manufacturer KeepCup is empowering others to put sustainable packing on their agenda.

“The journey to reduce impact is without end. Technology changes, processes improve, and new materials become available. And most importantly customers are demanding change,” said Abigail Forsyth, KeepCup Co-Founder and Managing Director.

“Wise businesses are putting sustainability and the circular economy at the centre of their commercial strategy.”

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