The Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) has announced that a meeting of state, territory and federal environment ministers has endorsed its industry-led five-year strategic plan.
Businesses working to reduce waste across their supply chain, design more sustainable packaging and increase recycling rates will be promoted by the APC under the plan, which will be launched to Covenant members on 8 December, with a view to kicking off on 1 January next year.
APC chief executive Trish Hyde says she welcomes the ministers’ decision and thanks them for their support of the co-regulatory framework. She says with the endorsement, the APC can now turn its attention to delivering environmental outcomes and member value.
“Our new strategic direction will focus on optimising resource use by supporting sustainable design and circular economies, reducing waste to landfill and creating a knowledge centre to enable industry leadership,” she says.
“The Covenant is a partnership agreement between industry and government, and its success depends on collaboration, industry accountability and good governance. It is the framework that supports the APC’s industry-led, ambitious and aspirational five-year strategic plan.”