Plastic is an incredible material. It can be airtight and watertight, moulded to any shape, clear or coloured, shock-resistant, lightweight, and is chemically stable. Unfortunately, these last two features also mean plastic pollution poses a huge environmental problem. In theory, plastic is highly recyclable. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), typically used in drink bottles, can be recycled … Continue reading Bans are effective, but not the endgame in solving the plastic problem
Unilever has announced that by 2025 it will eliminate more than 100,000 tonnes of plastic packaging and collect and process more plastic packaging than it sells. The company, owner of brands including Lipton, Ben & Jerry’s and Walls Ice Cream, has announced new commitments to reduce its plastic waste and help create a circular economy … Continue reading Unilever announces new commitments for packaging waste
Shoppers recycled enough pieces of plastic to go around the world one and half times at Coles last year, representing a 32 per cent increase on the previous year. Revealed in Coles’ Sustainability Report, Coles customers recycled 905 tonnes or 226 million pieces of soft plastics – including packaging such as biscuit packets, lolly bags, … Continue reading Coles increases recycling of soft plastics by 32 per cent
As a consumer, you might have heard about the “Waste Hierarchy” and the 5Rs. From a consumer perspective they are: • Refuse – do not purchase unwanted items. • Reduce – eliminate single-use packaging wherever possible. This means declining plastic coffee cups, shopping bags, straws and buying products that are sustainable. • Reuse products more than once. Purchase reusable … Continue reading Redesigning packaging with reduce, reuse, recycle in mind
Flexible food packaging has traditionally presented brand owners with a choice – either extract the maximum performance parameters or make it fully recyclable. Achieving both goals at once has been almost impossible. Mondi has created a recyclable polypropylene film that is suitbale for the thermoforming of flexible films for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) and vacuum … Continue reading Recyclable packaging film for fresh and processed food
The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) and Planet Ark Environmental Foundation (PAEF) are pleased to confirm the Federal Government has today committed $3m to support four new recycling education and resource recovery projects in Australia. The funding is part of the Federal Government’s $203m package announced today in Melbourne to increase recycling and reduce waste, … Continue reading Federal Government commits $3 million to support APCO recycling projects
The very first plastic straw you ever used will be on the planet long after you’re not. Australians use over 10 million straws a day, which now feature in the top 10 of all ocean pollutants, yet they are still so popular. Single-use straws are readily available through to bars and restaurants. The good news … Continue reading New glass technology to replace straws?
Barry Cosier, director of sustainability for the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) tells Food & Beverage Industry News why there needs to be a rethink on how Australia recycles. It would be fair to say that most Australians could not imagine life without household recycling. Kerbside newspaper collections commenced across the country in the 1970s and … Continue reading Preventing a global recycling Armageddon
Queensland’s container refund scheme, Containers for Change, has been in effect for just over two weeks, after starting in early November, and figures are showing more and more Queenslanders are embracing the recycling initiative. Minister for environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said more than 17 million containers had been returned through the … Continue reading Queensland sees 17 million containers returned in recycling program
A new recycling solution taking shape in New South Wales is turning coffee cups into kerbs. Simply Cups aims to recycle 11 million coffee cups into benches and parking kerbs with help from the NSW circulate grant program. With an extra $115,000 in funding from the circulate program, Simply Cups hopes to divert 110 tonnes … Continue reading Recycling program turns takeaway cups into kerbs
Food industry professionals had a chance to share ideas on data management solutions and sustainable packaging at the Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo (AWRE). The expo, held on the 29th and 30th of August, aimed to challenge thinking about current waste standards and the future of waste disposal and recovery. Exhibitors included companies that work … Continue reading Compostable packaging and data management solutions feature at waste expo
Nestlé Australia is committing to introduce the Australian Recycling Label across all of its locally made products, by 2020, to help consumers recycle their packaging correctly. Nestlé has started to implement the new label, introduced on to Allen’s lollies in mid-August, beginning with Strawberries and Cream, and Snakes Alive. Allen’s will also feature the REDcycle … Continue reading Nestlé will use Australian Recycling Label on all Australian-made products
From the 1st of November, Queenslanders will receive a refund for recycling drink containers. The Queensland government’s container refund scheme will see people getting 10 cents back for recycling eligible containers at a range of outlets. Minister for environment Leeanne Enoch said the scheme would encourage recycling while also reducing the amount of plastic seen in … Continue reading Queenslanders to receive refund for recycling drink containers
Coles is introducing meat packaging made entirely from a combination of recycled and renewable material. The new packaging will be used for a wide range of its Coles brand fresh meat and poultry products. Coles bought about 121 million recyclable meat and poultry trays, in 2018, from Australian manufacturer Plantic Technologies. Coles will use Plantic’s … Continue reading Coles switches to recyclable and renewable meat packaging
Sodexo Australia will divert tonnes of quality surplus food each year that might otherwise have gone to waste. Sodexo will save more than 9920kg of surplus food, in a new partnership with online surplus food wholesale marketplace Yume. Sodexo Australia chief financial officer and country president, Mark Chalmers, said the partnership would see products purchased … Continue reading Sodexo Australia saves tonnes of food from going to waste
Future university graduates could be the key to solving Australia’s recycling crisis if they hone their skills in sustainability, resource efficiency and waste management.
The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation has released the Market Impact Assessment Report, a new study defining the impact of China’s National Sword policy.
British members of parliament have argued for the establishment of a ‘latte levy’ to reduce disposable coffee cup waste and help fund recycling.
The global green packaging market generated revenue of US$132,556 million in 2015, and is expected to reach US$207,543 million by 2022, according to a new report.
Unilever has committed to ensuring that all of its plastic packaging is fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.