The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) is inviting applications for the 2023 APCO Annual Awards, which recognise businesses and sustainability professionals that are driving progress towards a circular economy for packaging.

This year the awards return with a host of new features, including a new independent judging panel coordinated by the Banksia Foundation, featuring esteemed professionals from across the packaging industry value chain.

For the first time, many award entries will also be open to non-members to foster a culture of inclusivity and amplify the collective impact of sustainability efforts.

According to APCO CEO, Chris Foley, the Annual Awards celebrate the visionaries, risk-takers, and game-changers shaping the future of packaging in Australia.

“This year we are excited to be taking that celebration to new heights – by inviting applications from any business here in Australia. So, whether your team is pioneering reusable packaging or changing the packaging conversation through cutting-edge consumer education – don’t miss out on this chance to have your achievements recognised,” he said.

The APCO Annual Awards will be held on November 2, 2023, at the Maritime Museum Sydney. The awards ceremony will be preceded by a half-day conference exploring the theme‘The Future of Packaging’.

To apply for the awards, register at the Banksia application portal.

The deadline to submit is25 August, 2023 and tickets for the awards ceremony and conference will be available for purchase on 8 August, 2023.

Categories open to all businesses:

  • Our Packaging Future Awards: Open to any business operating in Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific Islands, celebrating excellence in SPGs Implementation, Reuse, Industry Education, Consumer Education, Improved Recycling Systems and Recycled Content.
  • Sustainability Champion Award: This award recognises individuals that are making a tangible difference on sustainable packaging in Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific Islands.

Categories open to APCO Members only:

  • Industry Sector Awards (Full & SME): These awards recognise the top organisations promoting sustainability and innovation in their respective industry sector.
  • Highest Performing New Member Award (Full & SME): This award celebrates the outstanding achievements of APCO’s newest members, highlighting their dedication and commitment to sustainability.
  • Best of the Best Reporting Excellence Award (Full & SME): These awards are given to the highest performing APCO Member for a Full Report and an SME Report out of the APCO Industry Sector Awards winners.