The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has confirmed that entries for the 2024 APCO Annual Awards are now open.

The awards celebrate the businesses and individuals across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands leading progress towards a circular economy for packaging.

This year’s awards will see the introduction of a new category, the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) Excellence Award, recognising organisations that have excelled in using the ARL to improve packaging.

The APCO Annual Awards are judged in partnership with the Banksia Foundation, which facilitates an independent panel to ensure fairness, expertise, and impartiality throughout the judging process.

APCO CEO, Chris Foley said, “The last 12 months have seen some of the most impressive efforts yet across the industry to improve packaging circularity. Everyone in the industry knows now that business-as-usual isn’t going to cut it and the way many businesses across the sector have risen to this challenge has set a fantastic example for the rest of the industry.” 

Entries can be submitted via the Banksia Foundation portal until 19 July 2024.

The winners will be celebrated at the awards ceremony on 21 November 2024 at Doltone House in Jones Bay Wharf, Sydney. Early bird tickets on sale now include a canapé networking hour followed by a sit-down dinner and awards show.

Award categories include: 

  • Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) Excellence Award (APCO members only) 
  • Best of the Best Reporting Excellence Award (APCO members only) 
  • Consumer Education Award 
  • Improved Recycling Systems Award 
  • Industry Education Award 
  • Recycled Content Award 
  • Reuse Award 
  • Sustainable Packaging Guidelines (SPGs) Implementation Award 
  • Sustainability Champion Award 

APCO also has a series of awards dedicated to celebrating outstanding member reporting. These awards are not open for submissions. APCO selects the nominees based on the quality and merit of their reports.