The Anzpac Plastics Pact (Anzpac) has launched in the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands region, uniting businesses, NGOs and governments behind a series of ambitious 2025 Targets to eliminate plastic waste. Anzpac joins the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact Network, a globally aligned response to plastic waste and pollution that unites over 550 member organisations behind the shared vision of a circular economy for plastic, where it never becomes waste or pollution.
Plastic pollution is one of the most pressing environmental issues facing the planet. By 2040, if one fail to act, the volume of plastic on the market will double, the annual volume of plastic entering the ocean will almost triple, and ocean plastic stocks will quadruple. The ambitious new cross-regional program will work to fundamentally transform the response to plastic by eliminating the plastics one don’t need, innovating to ensure that the plastics are reusable, recyclable, or compostable, and circulating the plastic using, keeping it in the economy and out of the environment.
Anzpac Members and Supporters will celebrate the program’s official launch at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney. The Anzpac Plastics Pact represents the complete plastics supply chain, from leading brands, packaging manufacturers and retailers to resource recovery leaders, government institutions, and NGOs.
Apco has worked closely with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Wrap to develop Anzpac.
Sonja Wegge, Programme Manager, Plastics Pact Network, Ellen MacArthur Foundation commented: “We welcome the announcement of the ANZPAC Plastics Pact, the first in the Oceania region to join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact Network. We are looking forward to supporting governments and industry in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Island Nations in driving real change towards a circular economy for plastic across the region, by eliminating problematic and unnecessary plastic items, innovating to ensure that the plastics needed are reusable, recyclable, or compostable, and circulating the plastic items used to keep them in the economy and out of the environment. Together we can create a world without plastic waste or pollution.”