The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) is a not for profit organisation leading the development of a circular economy for packaging in Australia.
Their vision is a packaging value chain that collaborates to keep packaging materials out of landfill and retains the maximum value of the materials, energy and labour within the local economy.
Why we’re aligned with APCO
BioPak is a signatory of the Australian Packaging Covenant and fully supports APCO’s mission to develop a circular economy for packaging in Australia. That’s why we have been active members of several of their focus groups over the time. We also support APCO’s Australasian Recycling label program and are using the labels on our outer packaging.
APCO works with governments, businesses and other organisations from across Australia’s large and complex packaging value chain to develop the insights, resources and programs that are needed to build a sustainable national packaging ecosystem.
This includes facilitating the delivery of Australia’s 2025 National Packaging Targets, an important step on the pathway to a circular economy.
All of APCO work is underpinned by the Collective Impact Framework, a powerful cross-sector collaboration tool that unites a diverse range of stakeholders from across the value chain behind our common vision.
They deliver this model of shared responsibility through the promotion of circular packaging design, working to improve collection and recycling systems and education, and expanding markets for used packaging.
We have been involved in various focus groups coordinated by APCO to gather industry knowledge and technical data on some specific materials. This has allowed APCO to advise policy makers on topics such as plastic bans, recyclability or end-of-life options of packaging. For instance, BioPak has been a member of the Polymer Coated Paperboard working group, the National packaging targets implementation working group (compostable packaging) and the Design for Circularity working Group.
We have recently joined The ANZPAC Plastics Pact (ANZPAC), a collaborative solution initiated by APCO, that brings together key players behind a shared vision of a circular economy for plastic, where plastic never becomes waste or pollution. Together through shared knowledge, investment and industry led innovation we will implement solutions tailored to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands region. We are committed to join collaborative initiatives to fight plastic waste.
BioPak is also committed to meet the reporting obligations as published by APCO, and publish their annual report that outlines performance against all of the action plan commitments. Our 2020 Annual Report and Action Plan is available here. Last year, we achieved the ‘Beyond Best Practice’ recognition for almost all our reporting criterias. We are still working on our 2021 reporting, which will be soon updated.