The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has released a roadmap to achieve Australia New Zealand Pacific Island Plastics Pact (ANZPAC) targets.
ANZPAC Roadmap to 2025, a culmination of discussions between more than 100 organisations in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, outlines the approach required by key players across the plastics value chain to achieve the ANZPAC Regional Plastic Targets by 2025, as well as to develop a circular economy for plastics.
The roadmap details a pathway to substantially change the region’s relationship with plastic packaging by identifying the common barriers to achieving circular outcomes, including access to data, geographical challenges, market size, technology, and cultural challenges.
Brooke Donnelly, APCO Chief Executive Officer, said the collaboration across countries highlighted the need to come together as a region to align and accelerate work towards long-term sustainable solutions.
“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,” she said.
Richard Kirkman, Veolia Australia and New Zealand Chief Executive Officer, said the circular economy demanded a pivot across 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 [Veolia] 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,” he said.
“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.
These four ANZPAC 2025 targets include eliminating problematic plastic packaging through redesign and innovation; making 100 per cent of plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable; increasing collection and effective recycling of plastic packaging by 25 per cent across the ANZPAC region; and incorporating an average of 25 per cent recycled content in plastic packaging across the region.
To view the full roadmap, visit here.