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Australian dairy industry commits to sustainable packaging by 2025

Dairy and packaging industry groups have together published the ‘Australian Dairy Sustainable Packaging Roadmap to 2025’: a look at where dairy packaging is now, and where it needs to be to be more sustainable.

The roadmap was created by the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation, in partnership with Dairy Australia and the Australian Dairy Products Federation, and holds dairy manufacturers to the elimination and/or reduction of packaging items, and introducing reusable packaging, improving recyclability and use of recycled content.

“Collective action across the supply chain is an absolute necessity and it is fantastic to see the willingness already on display across the dairy industry to make the transition to a more sustainable model,” said APCO chief executive Brooke Donnelly.

“This roadmap clearly lays out the path the dairy industry needs to take in the coming years to achieve the 2025 targets.”

Bega executive general manager of beverage operations Mark McDonald said the roadmap is a great step forward for the industry, and that the business is fully aligned with the targets put forward.

Fonterra packaging sustainability manager for APAC Jenny Phillips added that when it comes to making packaging more sustainable, particularly for dairy, there are a raft of challenges to overcome – but that with the industry working together, it will be possible.

Additionally, Aldi Australia said it endorses the roadmap, and that it has committed to taking onboard a number of its targets and helping the dairy industry to track, monitor and report on the report’s objectives.

“Aldi Australia is proud to endorse the Australian Dairy Sustainable Packaging Roadmap, a first-of-its-kind blueprint to deliver packaging circularity for the Australian dairy sector,” Aldi Australia group buying manager for chiller and alcohol Adrian Nel said.

“Australia’s dairy sector has worked tirelessly to identify opportunities and challenges as well as outline strategies for improvement, and ALDI is excited to do our part in supporting the collective industry vision to establish a sustainable packaging future.”

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