In response to China’s National Sword, Australia’s Government’s agreed to establish a sustainable path for Australia’s recyclable waste. With regards to packaging, Ministers agreed to reduce the amount of waste generated, to make it easier to recycle products and set a target to make 100% of packaging in Australia reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
In April 2018 the Australian Government announced the Towards 2025 agenda, legislating all single-use packaging needs to be reusable, recyclable or compostable. Globally governments are moving at various speeds, however there is consistent and growing pressure from community and consumer groups to reduce the impact of packaging products ending up as litter or landfill.
Product packaging plays an important role in the food services sector. It helps to maintain the quality and safety of ingredients and products as they are delivered to restaurants, cafes and other food outlets. It also provides a convenient way for customers to ‘take-away’ and consume the food that they purchase.
As a part of the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) commitment to Foodbank and fighting food waste, a team of Members once again headed down to the Foodbank facilities at Yarraville to help pick and pack on-line orders and mixed grocery boxes.
Product packaging exists across the entire supply chain from the way we manufacture, store and transport our products, right through to how we sell them to our customers. But just because packaging is a part of everyday life, that doesn’t mean it needs to cause damage to our environment.