Local PET supplier can help with new APCO recycling targets

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has recently announced that the target of recycled content into food packaging will increase from 30 per cent to 50 per cent by 2025. Something that Martogg account manager, Ben McCulloch, thinks is good news for those that are already supplying recycled content to the industry.

“It’s wonderful news that shows our commitment as a country in working towards a circular recycling model of ‘make-use-reuse’ in place of the old linear approach of ‘make-use-dispose’,” he said.

While Martogg Groups’ branded rPET, marPET, can be used at 100 per cent into many applications, the company understands that not all business and brands will be looking to move across to 100 per cent recycled content in their packaging. The company also offers a range of material blends combining recycled/virgin PET resin that are designed to meet a nominated percentage of recycled content.

Given the targets of recycled content will increase to 50 per cent for 2025, Martogg can offer a 50/50 blend (recycled/virgin) material that will enable business and brands to reach this target, now.

When asked about the implementation of a CDS (Consumer Deposit Scheme) in Victoria, McCulloch said this kind of leadership is important if the set targets are going to be met.
“We commend the Victorian Government on its decision to implement a CDS in Victoria,” he said. “This is another big step forward that will be critical to improving and increasing our ability to recycle cleaner waste streams of single-use plastic packaging both in Victoria and nationally.”

Martogg is the sole producer/supplier of rPET in Victoria and it is committed to businesses and brands in all sectors within the plastics industry.

“Many studies have been completed around the world that have analysed and compared the CO2 output generated from virgin PET and recycled PET,” said McCulloch. “While these studies have been conducted in different countries, the common finding has been that CO2 output is drastically reduced through the use of recycled PET as opposed to virgin PET; in some cases, up to 79 per cent. This takes in to account the entire lifecycle of the material, for example the collection of waste material, logistics, cleaning and finally reproduction of material.

“We cannot downplay just how important recycling plastic for reuse is to our environment, and it is vital that brand owners commit to recycled content sooner rather than later so that they establish their position in the market as active promoters of the circular economy that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by decreasing reliance on oil-derived virgin polymers for their packaging.”

There are many benefits to business and brands with local supply including having product that is easy to access, as well as having back-up service close at hand to help with any enquiries.

“We can supply marPET throughout Australia, which enables businesses to better manage their supply chain and inventory as opposed to importing resin and relying entirely on international supply availability and shipping in these uncertain COVID-19 times,” said McCulloch.