BUILDING A CIRCULAR ECONOMY FOR PLASTICS, WHERE IT NEVER BECOMES WASTE OR POLLUTION
The ANZPAC Plastics Pact (ANZPAC) is a collaborative solution that brings together key players behind a shared vision of a circular economy for plastic, where plastic never becomes waste or pollution. Together through shared knowledge, investment and industry led innovation we will implement solutions tailored to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands region.
Members work together towards four ambitious and concrete 2025 regional plastics targets
Eliminate unnecessary and problematic plastic packaging through redesign, innovation and alternative (reuse) delivery models.
100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
Increase plastic packaging collected and effectively recycled by at least 25% for each geography within the ANZPAC region.
Average of 25% recycled content in plastic packaging across the region.
No plastic should end up in landfill or our region’s natural environments. In Australia, only 18% of all plastic packaging is recovered for future use. In New Zealand, 41% of recyclable plastic containers are sent to landfill. A similar situation is happening in the Pacific Islands, where over 300,000 tonnes of waste plastic is generated each year. By 2040, if we fail to act, the volume of plastic on the market will double, the annual volume of plastic entering the ocean will almost triple, and ocean plastic stocks will quadruple.
ANZPAC, covering Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, is the first in the Oceania region and second regional Plastics Pact to become part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact network, with Pacts in Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America. As an international challenge, Plastics Pacts address the transnational nature of the issues related to managing plastic by providing a consistent approach for global supply chains dealing with plastic waste travelling across our borders, moving from a linear approach to a circular economy for plastic, in which it never becomes waste or pollution.
Across the world, governments, community groups, NGOs, businesses and industry associations are rolling out programs to tackle plastic waste and pollution.