Circular economy for packaging – Australia

Circular economy for packaging – Australia

Posted on June 20, 2023 by DrRossH in Plastic Recycling

Australian environment ministers have agreed to mandate obligations for packaging design and make industry responsible for the packaging they place on the market.

Source: Circular economy for packaging

The ministers have now agreed to mandatory packaging design standards and targets — including for recycled content and to address the use of harmful chemicals in food packaging.

The rules will be designed to help make sure packaging waste is minimised in the first place, and where packaging is used it is designed to be recovered, reused, recycled or reprocessed.

Minister for the Environment and Water Tanya Plibersek said: “Even large companies like Nestlé, Unilever and Coca-Cola have told me they want to see regulation to help the world reach a circular economy.”

Making the rules mandatory will put the onus on the companies responsible for producing packaging to take responsibility for their waste.