ANZPAC Members celebrated the program’s official launch this month at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney.

The ANZPAC Plastics Pact (ANZPAC) has just launched in the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands region, uniting businesses, NGOs and governments behind a series of ambitious 2025 Targets to eliminate plastic waste.

ANZPAC joins the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact Network, a globally aligned response to plastic waste and pollution that unites over 550 member organisations behind the shared vision of a circular economy for plastic, where it never becomes waste or pollution.

Plastic pollution is one of the most pressing environmental issues facing the planet. By 2040, if we fail to act, the volume of plastic on the market will double, the annual volume of plastic entering the ocean will almost triple, and ocean plastic stocks will quadruple. 

The ambitious new cross-regional program will work to fundamentally transform our response to plastic by eliminating the plastics we don’t need, innovating to ensure that the plastics we do need are reusable, recyclable, or compostable, and circulating the plastic we use, keeping it in the economy and out of the environment. ANZPAC Members celebrated the program’s official launch this month at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney.

The ANZPAC Plastics Pact represents the complete plastics supply chain, from leading brands, packaging manufacturers and retailers to resource recovery leaders, government institutions, and NGOs (full Member list below). 

ANZPAC Members will work towards four clear, actionable targets by 2025:

1. Eliminate unnecessary and problematic plastic packaging through redesign, innovation and alternative (reuse) delivery models.

2. 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025.

3. Increase plastic packaging collected and effectively recycled by 25% for each geography within the ANZPAC region.

4. Average of 25% recycled content in plastic packaging across the region.

The immediate next steps for the ANZPAC program to achieve its 2025 goals is to develop a roadmap for action.

Brooke Donnelly, CEO, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (ANZPAC lead organisation) commented: “On behalf of the ANZPAC team, and our passionate community of founding Members, it is my pleasure to officially launch the ANZPAC Plastics Pact for the Oceania region. 

“As well as a growing problem, plastic is also fundamentally an international one. To tackle plastic waste effectively we need to find solutions that aren’t constrained by national borders or old ways of thinking. Through the Plastics Pact model, we will bring together the complete plastic supply chain across the entire Oceania region, and working with our global partners through the Plastics Pact network, develop solutions that deliver real and tangible change to the plastic problem for our region.

“Congratulations to all of our founding Members on their genuine commitment to achieving a circular economy for plastics and their willingness to break down traditional barriers and accelerate truly innovative solutions.”

For more information about ANZPAC visit www.anzpac.org.au. 

ANZPAC’s Founding Members and Supporters include:

1.      ALDI Stores (A Limited Partnership)

2.      Amcor Flexibles (Aust) Pty Ltd

3.      The Arnott’s Group

4.      Asahi Beverages

5.      Australian Beverages Council Ltd.

6.      Australian Bioplastics Association (ABA)

7.      Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC)

8.      Australian Institute of Packaging

9.      Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (BCSD Australia)

10.    Clean Up Australia

11.    Coca-Cola South Pacific

12.    Coles Group Limited

13.    Colgate Palmolive

14.    Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

15.    Disruptive Packaging Pty Ltd

16.    Earthwise Group Ltd

17.    ecostore Company Ltd

18.    EGO Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd

19.    Good Environmental Choice Australia Ltd (GECA)

20.    Keep New Zealand Beautiful

21.    KeepCup Pty Ltd

22.    Klöckner Pentaplast Group (Linpac Packaging Australia Pty. Ltd.)

23.    Mad World Ltd

24.    Marine Plastic Solutions Pty Ltd

25.    Mettler Packaging Pty Ltd

26.    Mondelez Australia Pty Ltd

27.    Nestle Australia Pty Ltd

28.    O F Packaging Pty Ltd

29.    Ocean Impact Organisation

30.    PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand

31.    Piber Plastics Australia Pty Ltd

32.    Planet Ark Environmental Foundation

33.    Planet Protector Packaging

34.    Plastic Energy Pty Ltd

35.    Pledge for the Planet

36.    RecycleCorp Vanuatu PLC

37.    Samoa Recycling Waste Management Association (SRWMA)

38.    Samoa Tourism Authority

39.    Sancell Pty Ltd

40.    Scholle IPN Pty Ltd

41.    Seaside Scavenge Ltd

42.    Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

43.    Solomon Islands Recycling Waste Management Association

44.    Stongim Bisnis

45.    Tacca Industries Pty Ltd

46.    TerraCycle Australia and New Zealand

47.    The Better Packaging Co. Limited

48.    Polystyrene Solutions

49.    TIPA-Corp Ltd.

50.    PAKTOEARTH (Twelve8 Technology Pty Ltd)

51.    Unilever Australia Ltd

52.    Vanuatu Beverage Limited

53.    Vanuatu Brewing Ltd.

54.    Vanuatu Environmental Science Society

55.    Vanuatu Recyclers and Waste Management Association

56.    Vava’u Environmental Protection Association (VEPA)

57.    Veolia Environmental Services Pty Ltd (Australia)

58.    Woolworths Group

59.    World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

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