Major affiliates supplying supermarkets in Australia and New Zealand have come together and committed to addressing Oceania’s plastic waste crisis.
Of the more than 60 companies that sign up, the top names include Woolworths, Coca-Cola and Nestlé, as well as various government departments.
The ANZPAC Plastics Pact (ANZPAC) is a collaborative solution that brings together the key players behind a shared vision of a circular economy for plastic, where plastic never becomes waste or pollution. But far from the UN’s lofty goals for 2030, 2045 or 2050, ANZPAC wants to achieve all of its goals in just four years.
Its four goals, to be pursued quickly over a four-year period, involve eliminating unnecessary plastic waste, making whatever remains recyclable, reusable or compostable, increasing self-controlled plastic packaging by 25% and increasing the use of 25% recycled plastic in manufacturing.
Only about 18% of plastics are recycled in the ANZPAC region, which means that hundreds of thousands of tons end up in landfills or the ecosystem.
The ANZPAC Plastics Pact joins the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Plastic Compact Global Network, a strategically aligned response to plastic waste and pollution that enables vital knowledge sharing and coordinated action, and unites more than 550 organizations in 11 Global Compact Plastic around the world.
“What I hope is that this is also a way that Australia and New Zealand can support the Pacific region, which has different but equally challenging problems with plastic,” said Jenni Downes, a researcher at Monash University. Institute for Sustainable Development while talking to ABC Australia.
The Australian Packaging Compact Organization (APCO) will lead the field efforts of ANZPAC members by offering reporting, governance and management frameworks, and effectiveness research.
“What we’re really trying to address here is a systemic problem that says the plastics system is really broken,” said Brooke Donnelly of APCO. “Our take, make and dispose approach means that too much plastic waste ends up in landfills.”
Treasured for their beaches and natural beauty, New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific Island nations are some of the most unfortunate victims of the plastic pollution problem, and hopefully, through their combined efforts, can turn the tide. of plastic.
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