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Over 60 Major Companies Have Signed a ‘Radical’ Deal to Reduce Plastic Waste Within 4 Years

Over 60 Major Companies Have Signed a ‘Radical’ Deal to Reduce Plastic Waste Within 4 Years

The plan, which is centered around Australia and New Zealand, is an attempted to curb the plastics issue in Oceana.

A new plan centered in Australia and New Zealand will bring together dozens of major companies, including Woolworths, Coca-Cola, and Nestle, to work alongside government agencies in order to significantly reduce plastic wastes.

Only around 18% of plastics are recycled in the region, leaving thousands of tons of plastics to collect as trash. The ANZPAC Plastics Pact (ANZPAC) plan is all about cutting plastic in four years, long before the UN's targets at 2030, 2045, or 2050.

 

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Chief among the plans are an increasing use of recycled plastic in manufacturing by 25%, eliminating unnecessary plastic waste, and making all of what remains recyclable, reusable, or compostable.

“What I’m hoping for is that this will also be a way of Australia and New Zealand being able to support the Pacific region, which has different but just as challenging issues with plastic,” said Jenni Downes, a research fellow at Monash University’s Sustainable Development Institute while talking to ABC Australia.

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organization (APCO) will lead the on the ground efforts of the ANZPAC members by offering reporting, governance, and admin frameworks, and efficacy research.

“What we’re really trying to address here is a systemic problem that says the plastics system is actually broken,” said Brooke Donnelly of APCO. “Our take, make and dispose approach means too much plastics waste is actually ending up in landfill.”

 

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