ANZPAC and its Members have committed to achieving four ambitious and concrete Regional Plastics Targets by 2025. To deliver on the work needed to reach these targets, three focused Workstreams have been established. ANZPAC Workstreams are vehicles for meaningful change and system-wide impact. Each ANZPAC Workstream is a collaborative platform where Members hold strategic discussions, learn from peers, access experts and contribute to projects supporting the ANZPAC program direction.
Effective Recovery Systems
Objective: Deliver outcomes to support achieving ANZPAC Regional Plastics Target 3 – Increase plastic packaging collected and effectively recycled by 25% for each geography within the ANZPAC region.
Circular Design & Recycled Content
Objective: Deliver outcomes to support achieving ANZPAC Regional Plastics Targets 1 and 4. By leveraging member industry and supply chain expertise, this group focuses on eliminating unnecessary and problematic plastics and the increased use of recycled content in plastic packaging across the region.
New Business Models & End-Markets
Objective: Deliver outcomes to support achieving ANZPAC Regional Plastics Target 2 – 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025.
ANZPAC has received funding under the National Product Stewardship Investment Fund to design industry-led national product stewardship programs. Both projects were developed to shift away from an individual organisational approach towards a broader sectoral view to support our work towards the targets.
The Polypropylene Plant Packaging Recycling (PoPPr) Program was delivered in partnership with Greenlife Industry Australia (GIA).
The Project has delivered:
- a situational analysis and business case demonstrating strong stakeholder support for a national scheme.
- a successful Pilot Program and capturing key operational and financial details for product stewardship scheme design.
- an assessment alternative scheme options and the cost benefits for a national scheme.
- a co-designed and industry supported product stewardship framework.
A strong industry led action, leveraging the output of the PoPPr project, means an effective EPR program for plastic plant packaging is now in place / being implemented.
In driving action towards the 2025 Targets and in response to the DCCEEW’s Ministers Priority List, ANZPAC and APCO collaborated with industry to design an effective and efficient product stewardship scheme for the recovery of motor oil containers. Project activities and extensive stakeholder engagement identified that the optimal approach to establishing a new container scheme would be linked to Commonwealth Government regulation, with the preferred model to be determined following further consultation with the Department.
The implementation of a new stewardship scheme is crucial to improving the circularity of oil containers, ensuring that existing collection and processing is financially supported, and to guarantee a nationally accessible solution to mitigate the environmental impacts of this contaminated packaging that is not currently accepted in kerbside collection services.