Australian plastic recycler and sustainable packaging manufacturer Pact Group has entered into a strategic partnership with supermarket chain ALDI Australia to supply recycled plastic packaging.

As part of this collaboration, Pact will provide more sustainable plastic packaging alternatives to the retailer’s supply partners to help improve the packaging of ALDI’s branded products.

The packaging mainly includes meat trays, fruit and vegetable punnets, milk bottles, and beverage and shampoo bottles.

ALDI Australia’s buying managing director Oliver Bongardt said: “As one of Australia’s largest grocery retailers, we understand the important role we play in reducing our use of plastic and improving the circularity of our product packaging.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Pact to introduce more sustainable packaging options, which will accelerate progress towards our plastics and packaging commitments.”

Pact will carry out all of its associated packaging production work at its facilities in New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland in the country.

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The company said that the packaging will be manufactured using both polyethylene terephthalate and high-density polyethylene plastic resins.

Pact CEO Sanjay Dayal said: “We are delighted to be working with ALDI to drive positive change and reduce the amount of plastic waste going to landfill.

“Recycled plastic packaging that is designed and manufactured effectively, recycled properly, and disposed of correctly is the key to building a successful circular economy in Australia.”

The partnership will further mark a crucial step for both companies in achieving their respective sustainability goals.

Pact is committed to eliminating all non-recyclable packaging from its manufacturing processes and also intends to deliver an average of 30% recycled content in its produced packaging by 2025.

Meanwhile, ALDI aims to minimise plastic usage by 25% while ensuring the use of up to 30% recycled content in its plastic packaging by 2025.

In March this year, ALDI together with Australian supermarket chains Coles and Woolworths announced plans to relaunch soft plastic recycling in the country.