ANZPAC Plastic Pact

In 2020 APCO is leading the development of the ANZPAC Plastics Pact (ANZPAC).


Set to launch in late 2020, ANZPAC will work closely with businesses, governments and NGOs from across the plastics value chain in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Island nations to build a focused and unified approach to the plastics challenge. 


The ANZPAC program is one part of a much larger, global network working to deliver a common vision of the circular economy for plastics. It’s a community that’s united under the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Global Plastics Pact Network, a proven and effective model being rolled out across the world, in countries including the UK, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Chile and South Africa.


This year APCO is working closely with our partner organisations and stakeholders from across the plastic value chain to develop the program for our market, ahead of its official launch in late 2020. If you would like to be part of the network of organisations that are proactively working to address the plastics crisis here in Australia, you can now register your interest online to be part of the program.  


Why do we need ANZPAC?


Today, only 16% of all plastic packaging used in Australia is recovered for future use, with similarly low recovery rates in the wider region. Plastic packaging makes up 60% of the total plastic waste stream. These low recovery rates mean that significant volumes of plastic waste end up in landfill and enter our natural environments.


Stakeholders across the supply chain are united in agreement that change is critical. Programs to address plastic are being rolled out by state, federal and local governments, community groups and NGOs, along with a diverse group of businesses and industry associations. While momentum and action on the issue is admirable, there is a great risk that this disparate response will lead to duplication and wasted resources, and ultimately an inconsistent and less effective approach. 


To deliver meaningful change on plastics, our region needs a significant intervention that coordinates and unites all stakeholders behind a clear and consistent approach. ANZPAC provides this framework. 


Plastic waste is an international challenge. ANZPAC seeks to address the international nature of the issues related to managing plastic packaging, by providing a consistent approach for global supply chains dealing with plastic waste already travelling across our borders.


What will ANZPAC deliver? 


Under the ANZPAC program, participants agree to commit to a series of concrete, ambitious and time-bound targets. APCO will develop these targets in consultation with industry, focusing on the following five areas: 


• Eliminating unnecessary and problematic plastic packaging through redesign and innovation

• Moving from single use to reuse where relevant

• Ensuring all plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable, or compostable

• Increasing the reuse, collection, and recycling or composting of plastic packaging

• Increasing recycled content in plastic packaging.


The program will support a series of projects and the creation of the Circular Plastics Research Initiative (CPRi), a new innovation hub that will bring together researchers, investors and industry to share knowledge and align efforts. All ANZPAC signatories will be required to commit to reporting on their progress each year publicly.


Who will oversee the delivery of ANZPAC?


APCO will deliver the ANZPAC program in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and the UK based Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) 


Australia is part of an international network of NGOs, businesses and governments working to build a circular economy for plastics, and is able to leverage global resources, insights and tools. https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/our-work/activities/new-plastics-economy/plastics-pact


How do I register my interest?


Simply complete the expression of interest and you will be included as a participant in the work to progress the 2020 Development Phase of the ANZPAC Plastics Pact program.


By registering your interest, you will receive:

• Regular updates on the program development

• Invitation to future Plastic Pact and APCO events

• Invitation to formally participate in the Plastic Pact and work towards a circular economy for plastics.