Packaging & Recycling


• To design and use packaging to move goods from production to consumption without damage, utilising the minimum amount of resources and generating the least amount of waste.

• To optimise packaging within the supply chain through sustainable design.

• To collaborate with stakeholders (ie. the government, community and retailers), to increase the recycling rate of packaging whilst reducing litter.

Packaging plays a critical role delivering a product safely, displaying information and prolonging the life of the product. Packaging recycling rates have increased by 20 per cent from 2003 to 2010.

Industry has undertaken a number of steps forward in terms of packaging minimisation, such as light weighting and re-designing. However, industry wishes to take a further lead on packaging and strive for greater improvements in sustainability.


AFGC members to review all existing packaging against the APC Sustainable Packaging Guidelines (SPG) by 2020.

Industry Performance

The AFGC member survey found that in 2011-12:

  • All respondents were signatories to the Australian Packaging Covenant; and
  • 49 per cent of packaging was reviewed using the Sustainable Packaging Guidelines (SPG), compared to 26 per cent in 2010-11. This puts the industry well on track to review all existing packaging against the SPGs by 2020.

In addition, over 120 initiatives have been implemented by survey respondents within their operational control and along their supply chain, including:

  • Supporting RedGroup’s flexible plastic consumer collection program to provide to Replas to reform into park benches, walkways, bollards etc.
  • Light-weighting of cartons; and
  • Reducing use of thin films.


 Case Studies

2012-13 Packaging Case Studies