The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), in a report of its 2025 National Packaging Targets review, has warned that Australia could fall short of meeting this target.
By 2025, Australia aims to have its domestic packaging 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable and to phase out its problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic packaging altogether.
The report reveals despite bringing transformation in packaging, the country is not on track to meet APCO’s target by 2025.
APCO CEO Chris Foley said: “We’ve seen some fantastic contributions from many businesses so it is disappointing that the headline data indicates targets will not all be met.”
The organisation also calls for collaboration across the entire packaging system as well as organised interventions on essential-packaging material streams.
In addition, the APCO raised the need for a stronger co-regulatory framework that will bring balance between action taken by the industry and government regulation.
Foley added: “APCO is focusing its resources on helping businesses and bringing the entire system together to close the gap on targets for the benefit of the environment, the community and the economy. If [the] industry cannot do better as a whole, governments will pursue harder regulation.
“It is clear a stronger co-regulatory framework that brings in and aligns the entire packaging system and creates an even playing field for all will help to further reduce environmental impacts and deliver community and economic benefits.
“The review of the co-regulatory framework underway at the moment is an opportunity to reset. This is a once-in-25-year opportunity to help strengthen compliance, protect the public interest and ensure accountability across the packaging system while supporting innovation, competition and investment.”
Last month, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission proposed to grant authorisation that could extend the collaboration of supermarkets in managing soft plastics stockpiles.