Sixty of the Pacific’s largest organisations took part in the launch of the ANZPAC Plastics Pact today. They have committed to making all plastic reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, and TerraCycle is proud to be among them.
The collaborative program brings together businesses, governments and NGOs in Australia, New Zealand and The Pacific Islands, to achieve a shared vision of a circular economy for plastic, where it never becomes waste or pollution.
TerraCycle will work alongside incredible organisations such as WWF, Clean Up Australia, Woolworths, and Colgate, to name a few.
Why has TerraCycle joined ANZPAC?
TerraCycle has joined ANZPAC to help organisations tackle the problem of plastic pollution, which is one of the most pressing environmental issues facing our planet.
- In Australia, only 18% of all plastic packaging is recycled for future use, while in New Zealand, 41% of recyclable plastic containers are sent to landfill.
- A similar situation is happening in the Pacific Islands, where over 300,000 tonnes of waste plastic is generated each year.
- By 2040, if we 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.
What is ANZPAC aiming to achieve?
ANZPAC has set out an ambitious plan to reach four targets by 2025.
1. Eliminate unnecessary and problematic plastic packaging through redesign, innovation and alternative (reuse) delivery models.
2. 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025.
3. Increase plastic packaging collected and effectively recycled by 25% for each geography within the ANZPAC region.
4. Average of 25% recycled content in plastic packaging across the region.
ANZPAC is part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global plastics pact, a network of more than 550 organisations around the world committed to reducing plastic waste and pollution.
For more information about the Australian initiative, click here.