Australia’s 2025 National Packaging Targets

Posted on March 8, 2022 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News


In 2018 Australia established the ambitious 2025 National Packaging Targets. The Targets create a new sustainable pathway for the way we manage packaging in Australia.

The four Targets are:

  • 100 per cent of packaging being reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025
  • 70 per cent of plastic packaging being recycled or composted by 2025
  • 50 per cent of average recycled content included in packaging by 2025
  • The phase out of problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic packaging by 2025.

The National Packaging Targets apply to all packaging that is made, used and sold in Australia. APCO is charged with delivering the industry-led targets.

Good progress is being made against the Targets. Yet, more work is required to ensure they are delivered in full by 2025. Targets requiring attention by industry include:

  • increasing the volume of plastic packaging being recycled
  • increasing the amount of recycled content in plastic packaging.

To drive further industry action APCO has set a new recycled content target for plastic packaging (20 per cent). APCO has also set material specific targets for recycled content in plastic packaging made from:

  • polyethylene (PET) (30 per cent)
  • high-density polyethylene (HDPE) (20 per cent)
  • polypropylene (PP) (20 per cent).

Governments and APCO are working together to actively track and review industry’s progress towards the Targets.