Ministers commit to eliminating all packaging going to landfill – Australia

Ministers commit to eliminating all packaging going to landfill – Australia

Posted on May 1, 2018 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation has been endorsed to lead the government’s aim to to achieve 100 per cent recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging in Australia by 2025.

Source: Ministers commit to eliminating all packaging going to landfill – Food & Beverage

In a landmark Meeting of the Environment Ministers (MEM), the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has been endorsed to lead the government’s response to the China Ban issue, setting a target to achieve 100 per cent recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging in Australia by 2025.

Not to be overly critical, but this has some other terms in it to that were omitted above.
It only applies to plastic products made in Australia.   We don’t know the numbers but Australia imports a lot of products and it could be far more plastic is imported than made here.  All this will be except and no incentive on the importers to do anything about it.
It is a voluntary scheme so no company has to follow this at all.  Almost all industry steward schemes in the past have failed.  Tyres, electronics, batteries…
The APCO has a very bad reputation of making any progress on these issues for the last 20 years.  It is run by industry for industry.  The APCO has had no pressure on them to make improvements so it has been at a snails pace.   So why will this change?   We don’t think we’ll see any big changes unless other incentives are applied to them.

We only recycled 10% of plastic now, will that change?   If so what will drive a change?

Compostable plastic is not suitable for consumers as they have no way to separate it or have it transported to a commercial compost facility.  Compostable plastics are not recyclable either so it is a waste of materials and carbon emissions to make compostable materials unless they are sent to a Waste to energy plant.