Tackling Plastic Pollution with Innovative Solutions

Leading businesses, NGOs and governments from across the plastic supply chain and the region unite behind 2025 Targets to eliminate plastic packaging waste.

The ANZPAC Plastics Pact (ANZPAC) has today 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 and Supporters will celebrate the program’s official launch today 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.

“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," said Brooke Donnelly, CEO, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (ANZPAC lead organisation).

“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.”

APCO has worked closely with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and WRAP UK to develop ANZPAC.

“We welcome the announcement of the ANZPAC Plastics Pact, the first in the Oceania region to join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact Network. We are looking forward to supporting the governments and industry of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Island Nations in driving real change towards a circular economy for plastic across the region, by eliminating problematic and unnecessary plastic items, innovating to ensure that the plastics needed are reusable, recyclable, or compostable, and circulating the plastic items used to keep them in the economy and out of the environment. Together we can create a world without plastic waste or pollution," said Sonja Wegge, Programme Manager, Plastics Pact Network, Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

“WRAP is delighted by the launch of the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands Plastics Pact today. As part of the UK’s support of the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance, we have been supporting the Pacific Islands to tackle plastic pollution. Being part of ANZPAC is a really powerful way to ensure these important islands have greater influence in ending the tide of plastics that wash up on their shores every day. We wish APCO and all the members and supporters of ANZPAC every success," said David Rogers, Head of International Development WRAP.

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).