Plastics Stewardship Australia to support the sustainable use and recovery of plastics

Plastics Stewardship Australia, an initiative of Chemistry Australia, will participate in the inaugural National Plastics Summit on Monday 2 March at Parliament House in Canberra.

Media Release | For Immediate Release | 28 February 2020

Plastics Stewardship Australia, an initiative of Chemistry Australia, has been established to support the sustainable use and recovery of plastics and will participate in the inaugural National Plastics Summit on Monday 2 March at Parliament House in Canberra.

Representing members from the plastics raw material industry and supply chain, Plastics Stewardship Australia will outline its commitment to support government, industry and communities to reduce and manage Australia’s plastic waste.

Plastics Stewardship Australia Chair Robert Moran said he is looking forward to working with delegates at the National Plastics Summit to find practical solutions.

“Plastic waste should not end up in the natural environment, and we share the community’s deep concern about this issue,” he said.

“Our industry is committed to improving how people use and recover plastics, which is why we’ve established the Plastics Stewardship Australia initiative.”

“Plastics Stewardship Australia is focussed on helping communities, industry and government develop solutions to deal with this particularly complex problem.”

Ahead of the National Plastics Summit, Plastics Stewardship Australia has pledged to provide assistance to designers and manufacturers to achieve United Nations Sustainability Goals, support the increased recovery of plastic products at end of life, and strengthen the uptake of Operation Clean Sweep® to prevent plastic pellet loss.

Plastics Stewardship Australia will also launch a new website, bringing together a number of resources to support the responsible use, recovery and reuse of plastic products.

Chemistry Australia Director of Strategy, Energy and Research Peter Bury said plastics will continue to play a vital role in meeting the demands of a growing global population and managing greenhouse gas emissions. However, more work is required to better manage plastic products at their end-of-life.

“Industry has been working on plastics and sustainability issues for decades, but there’s still a lot more work to be done to stop plastics ending up where they don’t belong,” he said.

“The industry has worked closely with Operation Clean Sweep® for many years and continues to encourage other businesses to prevent plastic pellet loss into the environment.”

“At Plastics Stewardship Australia, we support the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the objectives of the National Waste Policy Action Plan. We believe the industry will be critical to achieving these targets.

Plastics Stewardship Australia, an initiative of Chemistry Australia, has been established to support the sustainable use and recovery of plastics and will participate in the inaugural National Plastics Summit on Monday 2 March at Parliament House in Canberra.

Representing members from the plastics raw material industry and supply chain, Plastics Stewardship Australia will outline its commitment to support government, industry and communities to reduce and manage Australia’s plastic waste.

Plastics Stewardship Australia Chair Robert Moran said he is looking forward to working with delegates at the National Plastics Summit to find practical solutions.

“Plastic waste should not end up in the natural environment, and we share the community’s deep concern about this issue,” he said.

“Our industry is committed to improving how people use and recover plastics, which is why we’ve established the Plastics Stewardship Australia initiative.”

“Plastics Stewardship Australia is focussed on helping communities, industry and government develop solutions to deal with this particularly complex problem.”

Ahead of the National Plastics Summit, Plastics Stewardship Australia has pledged to provide assistance to designers and manufacturers to achieve United Nations Sustainability Goals, support the increased recovery of plastic products at end of life, and strengthen the uptake of Operation Clean Sweep® to prevent plastic pellet loss.

Plastics Stewardship Australia will also launch a new website, bringing together a number of resources to support the responsible use, recovery and reuse of plastic products.

Chemistry Australia Director of Strategy, Energy and Research Peter Bury said plastics will continue to play a vital role in meeting the demands of a growing global population and managing greenhouse gas emissions. However, more work is required to better manage plastic products at their end-of-life.

“Industry has been working on plastics and sustainability issues for decades, but there’s still a lot more work to be done to stop plastics ending up where they don’t belong,” he said.

“The industry has worked closely with Operation Clean Sweep® for many years and continues to encourage other businesses to prevent plastic pellet loss into the environment.”

“At Plastics Stewardship Australia, we support the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the objectives of the National Waste Policy Action Plan. We believe the industry will be critical to achieving these targets.

Pledges – National Plastics Summit – 2 March, 2020:

Plastics Stewardship Australia

Chemistry Australia has established the Plastics Stewardship Australia initiative to support the sustainable use and recovery of plastics. This includes:

  • Helping designers and manufacturers use plastics to achieve United Nations Sustainability Goals
  • Strengthening uptake of Operation Clean Sweep to keep plastic pellets out of our oceans and waterways
  • Supporting increased recovery of plastic products at end of life
  • Providing knowledge and information on the new Plastics Stewardship Australia website: plasticsstewardshipaustralia.org.au

Dow

By 2030 the products we sell into packaging applications will be 100% reusable, recyclable, compostable or biodegradable.

Martogg Group Pledge

Martogg Group first invested in Vacurema® rPET manufacturing technology to make food grade marPET® recycled PET in 2016. By mid-2020 Martogg will have increased its investment in marPET® production capacity from around 11,000 tonnes per annum to over 23,000 tonnes per annum, all of which will be available as commercial supply to Australian manufacturers of packaging so that they can meet Australia’s 2025 National Packaging Targets. 

LyondellBasell Australia Pledge

To evaluate and develop post-consumer polypropylene recycling solutions, together with industry partners, with the aim of creating value added recycled polypropylene to supply the Australian market.

Chemistry For Life Podcast – Episode 4 – National Plastics Summit

Chemistry Australia and Plastics Stewardship Australia respond to common questions about plastics and sustainability ahead of the National Plastics Summit in Canberra on Monday 2 March. Listen to the podcast here.


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