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).