Feedback invited on Sustainable Packaging Guidelines

Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Feedback invited on Sustainable Packaging Guidelines

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) is opening the draft Sustainable Packaging Guidelines (SPGs) for industry consultation to ensure they effectively help businesses achieve their packaging sustainability objectives. AIP members and industry colleagues are invited to participate in the consultation via a survey or workshop.

Originally published in 2011, the SPGs have played a fundamental role in driving sustainable design practices across the packaging industry.

They are currently under review to make sure they effectively assist the industry to optimise their packaging, and ensure APCO delivers detailed and targeted resources to support businesses in meeting the new national packaging targets.

The targets include: 100% of all Australia’s packaging designed to be re-usable, recyclable or compostable by 2025 or earlier; 30% average recycled content will be included across all packaging by 2025; problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic packaging will be phased out through design, innovation or introduction of alternatives; and 70% of Australia’s plastic packaging will be recycled or composted by 2025.

Based on industry feedback at the SPGs workshop on 29 August 2018 in Sydney, APCO’s consultation on the ‘Towards 2025’ targets (July–August 2018) and earlier surveys, several changes have been implemented to make the SPGs more relevant.

The changes include: a shorter and more focused list of principles; a reduction in the number of questions for each principle; a more detailed implementation guide to help APCO members gain maximum value from the SPGs; new resources to support implementation; and a map of the SPG principles which shows links to the new and existing APCO resources.

Industry consultation is invited to ensure the new proposed format and attached resources meet industry needs and expectations.

Businesses can provide their view by completing the survey, which takes about eight minutes, by COB Friday, 14 December, or participate in one of the upcoming consultation workshops in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

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