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Bringing in the new year with new targets for plastics

December 14, 2020

The ANZPAC Plastic Pact is set to launch in January 2021, and will work with businesses, governments and non-government organisations from the entire plastics value chain in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Island with intent of developing a common vision of the circular economy for plastics.

The ANZPAC Plastic Pact lead by the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) is a part of the Plastics Pact Network, run by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

The Plastics Pact Network is made up of various countries across the globe including the UK, Chile, Portugal and The Netherlands, who are all committed to accelerating the resolution of the international plastics issue we are faced with.

In Australia, just 16% of plastic packaging is being recycled at present.

With a target that 70% of all plastic packaging will be recycled or composted by 2025, the ANZPAC will intervene to ensure Australia achieve the required targets of their commitment to Towards 2025.

The ANZPAC provides a framework with a clear, consistent approach for all stakeholders, to ensure we see significant change in the plastics space.

In accordance with the initiatives of the Plastics Pact Network, the ANZPAC will work to achieve a set of ambitious, time-restrained targets to be specified before the launch, in the following areas:

  • Phase out unnecessary and problematic single-use plastic packaging through innovation and redesign;
  • Ensure all plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable;
  • Increase the recycling, reuse and collection of plastic packaging;
  • Increase recycled content in plastic packaging.
Image of plastic bales waiting to be recycled
Image of plastic pollution

Being involved in the global Plastics Pact offers ANZPAC members the opportunity to exchange learnings, insights and best practices with other members across the globe, in order to collectively, work towards achieving specified targets.

The progress of all ANZPAC signatories will be reported and shared publicly on an annual basis.

Here at Detpak, we are committed to making positive changes to support a circular economy, and endeavor to assist our customers in making sustainable packaging choices.

Proud signatories of the ANZPAC Plastic Pact, we are determined to collaboratively achieve the Towards 2025 targets.

Read more about our commitment to sustainability.

Learn more about the ANZPAC Plastics Pact.