Regional Plastics Pact for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Island Nations

Regional Plastics Pact for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Island Nations

The Plastics Pact network will expand to include Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Island nations. The ANZPAC Plastics Pact was announced by The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) at the Federal Government’s National Plastics Summit in Canberra, Australia on 2nd March.

A first in the Pacific region, the ANZPAC Plastics Pact will work with businesses, governments, and NGOs from across the plastics value chain towards a circular economy for plastic, in which it never becomes waste or pollution.

APCO will lead the development of the ANZPAC Plastics Pact towards its official launch later this year. WRAP, who leads the UK Plastics Pact, is supporting APCO, leading engagement workshops in the Pacific Island nations.

The ANZPAC Plastics Pact joins the UK, France, Chile, The Netherlands, South Africa, Portugal, and the European Economic Area (EEA), as part of the global Plastics Pact network, a unique platform to exchange learnings and best practices across countries and regions to accelerate the transition to the circular economy for plastic.

Aligned with these other Plastics Pacts, the ANZPAC Plastics Pact will work towards a set of ambitious, time-bound targets in the following areas to:

Eliminate unnecessary and problematic single-use plastic packaging through redesign and innovation
Ensure all plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable
Increase the reuse, collection, and recycling of plastic packaging
Increase recycled content in plastic packaging

The exact targets will be released towards the end of 2020, and progress will be reported publicly each year.

Throughout this year, APCO will be developing the programme in close consultation with local industry representatives in all regions. The process kicked off with the first industry workshop on 3rd March, which attracted more than 80 attendees. Further industry workshops will follow, with the next one set to take place in New Zealand in the next few months.

Industry players from across the plastics value chain have already shown strong engagement with the programme. Companies including Amcor, Kmart Australia, Mars, Nestlé Oceania, SUEZ, Unilever, Veolia, and Woolworths have confirmed their support for a common approach such as the ANZPAC programme. The Australian Food and Grocery Council, the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia, the Australian Institute of Packaging and Planet Ark Environmental Foundation are also strongly supporting the new programme’s development.

The ANZPAC Plastics Pact is welcoming stakeholders from across the value chain and the region to co-shape the programme. Contact memberservices@packagingcovenant.org.au for more information or visit www.packagingcovenant.org.au.

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