On May 18, 2021, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation announced sixty businesses, governments and NGOs from across the plastics value chain and throughout Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Island nations have formed the ANZPAC Plastic Pact. Led by the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation, ANZPAC members will seek to “accelerate the transition to a circular economy for plastic” by striving to reach four targets by 2025:

  1. Eliminate unnecessary and problematic plastic packaging
  2. 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging
  3. Increase plastic packaging collected and effectively recycled by 25% for each country within the ANZPAC region
  4. Average of 25% recycled content in plastic packaging across the region

ANZPAC joins ten other national and regional plastic pacts from across the globe, although it is the first within the Oceania region (FPF reported here and here). Pact members will report their progress towards the goals annually. New members are always welcome to join.

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Ellen MacArthur Foundation (May 18, 2021). “First Plastics Pact in the Pacific region galvanises organisations across Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Island Nations for a circular economy for plastic.”

ANZPAC (May 2021). “ANZPAC Plastics Pact.”