2025 Targets data ‘disappointing’, APCO calls for reset – Australia

Posted on April 21, 2023 by DrRossH in Plastic Recycling


The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has today released its review of the 2025 National Packaging Targets, with headline data making it plain that the targets are not on track to be met.

Target 2, the target of ‘recycling or composting of 70 per cent of plastic packaging by 2025’ is presenting the biggest challenge. 

According to APCO, in 2020-21, the recovery rate for plastic packaging was 18 per cent. Based on current, funded and underutilised reprocessing capacity, plastic recovery could reach 46 per cent by 2025.

The APCO explanation of why these targets will not be met is accurate.  To get this change however requires monumental changes to industry, regulations  and infrastructure.  This will take years to achieve.