The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), under the Australia New Zealand Pacific Island Plastics Pact (ANZPAC), has announced the ANZPAC Roadmap to 2025.
The Roadmap outlines the approach required by key players across the entire plastics value chain to achieve the ANZPAC Regional Plastic Targets by 2025 and to develop a circular economy for plastics.
It provides a pathway to change the relationship with plastic packaging by recognising the unique position of the organisations involved and identifying the common barriers to achieving a circular economy in the region, including access to data, geographical challenges, market size, technology, and cultural challenges.
APCO (ANZPAC lead organisation) CEO, Brooke Donnelly said, “This collaboration across countries highlights the critical importance of coming together as a region to learn from each other, align and accelerate the work to overhaul our relationship with plastic packaging and develop 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.”
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.
The four ANZPAC Regional Plastics Targets are:
- Eliminate unnecessary and problematic plastic packaging through redesign, innovation, and alternative (reuse) delivery models
- 100% of plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025
- Increase plastic packaging collected and effectively recycled by 25% for each geography within the ANZPAC region
- Average of 25% recycled content in plastic packaging across the region