APCO launches report outlining actions required to achieve 2025 National Packaging Targets

Report identifies current system performance and emerging gaps that may impact progress towards the circular economic transition.

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has launched the Collective Impact report, a critical analysis of Australia’s current progress towards the 2025 National Packaging Targets and an exploration of the need for alternative interventions to support the transition to a circular economy for packaging in Australia.

Launched as part of APCO’s inaugural Collective Impact Summit, the report identifies the current system performance and emerging gaps that may impact progress towards the circular economic transition.

Crucially, after identifying the specific gaps that remain for each of the Targets, the report provides a clear list of actions required from businesses and organisations across the packaging value chain on the road to achieving the 2025 Targets.

Brooke Donnelly, CEO, APCO, said while there has been significant progress towards the targets, efforts must be accelerated to be successful by 2025.

“The core message of this report is clear – if we are going to achieve the 2025 National Packaging Targets, we all need to do more and the time to act is now. We have seen fantastic progress so far towards the Targets, but we must accelerate our efforts if we are to be successful by 2025,” Donnelly said.

“The gaps identified in the report require significant attention and we need to see a wholesale collaborative effort from actors across the supply chain to address these. It’s absolutely critical that businesses across every industry sector engage with this report and discuss within their organisations how they will work to address these gaps.”

The report identifies the actions required within the three core areas of activity in sustainable packaging – Packaging designed for circularity, Improved collection and recycling systems, and Expanded markets for used packaging.

“APCO’s role is to bring together key contributors across the value chain to collectively work towards these priority strategies. Achieving the 2025 Targets is a significant challenge for Australia that requires all the system stakeholders to be working together and at their best to be successful.”

The report will be discussed in detail as part of APCO’s Collective Impact Summit, which brings together businesses and organisations from across the packaging value chain to discuss what needs to be done moving forward and how best to work collaboratively to achieve this.

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