APCO and Australia’s packaging targets – Australia

Posted on April 10, 2024 by DrRossH in Plastic Recycling

Chris Foley, APCO Chief Executive Officer, explains how Australia will deliver on National Packaging Targets.

Source: APCO and Australia’s packaging targets – Waste Management Review

The most visible metric – our progress towards the targets in percentage terms – we have yet to see the uplift we are looking for. At the request of environment ministers, APCO undertook a review of the targets in 2022. Our subsequent report clearly laid out the good, the bad and the ugly of the packaging system’s efforts to achieve them. Crucially, it set out, for the first time, an analysis of the barriers to progress and opportunities to overcome them, informed by consultation with hundreds of organisations. 

The problems are clear enough, including that the collection, sorting, and reprocessing of some materials, amounting to millions of tonnes of packaging, is uneconomical. The more difficult discussion is how to fix them, and how far we are willing to go to do so.