The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) is a co-regulatory, not for profit organisation partnering with government and industry to reduce the environmental impact of packaging in Australian communities.
APCO delivers this model of shared responsibility through the promotion of sustainable packaging activities including sustainable design, recycling initiatives, waste to landfill reduction and circular economy projects.
Kollaras & Co is deemed a ‘Brand Owner’ business, and as a result – required to meet government legislation under the National Environmental Protection Measure (NEPM) standards.
To facilitate progress and ensure compliance with the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) Brand Owner Membership, we have created an action plan with input from the following three source:
- APCO Brand Owner Membership Obligations
- NSW EPA Bin Trim Program Opportunities
- APCO Action (Strategic) Plan 2018 – Packaging Sustainability Framework Criteria
APCO Brand Owner Membership reporting is an annual responsibility, requiring completing of the annual report and development of an action plan for the successive year.
The APCO Annual Reporting Tool is a self-assessment tool with a focus on continual improvement.
The answers provided to the questions within the Reporting Tool will determine the level of progress on the pathway towards packaging sustainability, and includes five classifications for progress, ranging from Getting Started to Beyond Best Practice.
The Reporting Tool uses the APCO Packaging Sustainability Framework as its basis for evaluation.
The reporting process deadline is March 31 of each year.
You are welcome to contact us should you require the full report, complete with accountable employees, dates and extensive comments.
Please find below our commitments for 2019 and beyond…
APCO Obligations & Strategic Plan:
- Participation in the NSW EPA Bin Trim Program, in the interests of improving collection and recycling programs for operational waste generated on-site.
- Develop robust data collection and information retention procedures sufficient for addressing reporting obligations and potential independent audits.
- Commence collation of data for general waste, cardboard and plastic film recycling, as well as pallet, pallet wrap and paper ream consumption.
- Create a dedicated sustainability webpage for the Kollaras & Co website, outlining the organisations commitment to sustainability and key outcomes, and include a copy of the Sustainable Packaging Action Plan.
- Monitor any consumer concerns regarding product design and/or packaging into the organisations existing procedures.
- Commence collation of data and information necessary for meeting reporting obligations in early March. Complete annual reporting obligations by the APCO imposed deadline of March 31.
- Kollaras & Co to implement strategy in order to improve packaging sustainability.
- Investigate options to join or start a collaborative initiative to address barriers to the recovery of waste packaging.
- Include packaging information in publications, such as the NSW Container Deposit Scheme.
- Investigate collaborative or industry leadership actions to improve packaging sustainability.
- Prepare a procedure that requires the use of the Sustainable Packaging Guidelines (SPG) to evaluate packaging during design or procurement.
- Develop a documented plan to optimise material efficiency.
- Investigate opportunities to increase the use of recycled and / or renewable resources in product packaging.
- Improve on-pack labelling for disposal or recovery – And change the design or delivery of at least one product to improve packaging sustainability by Feb 19.
- Reduce the amount of single use B2B packaging used internally or sent to customers.
- Divert more than 50% of solid waste generated at facilities from landfill.
NSW EPA Bin Trim Program Opportunities:
- Source Pallets for Re-use by engaging with local businesses that generate pallet waste.
- Establish formal processes for the delivery and drop-off of used pallets for re-use.
- Commence a Commingled Recycling Service – In order to capture these materials, recycling stations will be implemented around the site.
- Minimise the use of Plastic Pallet Wrap by potentially upgrading the equipment to maximise the efficiency of pallet wrap materials so as to avoid waste generation within the supply chain.
- Increase Paper Recycling through centralising 3-4 general waste bins that all staff can use when they have general waste.
- Increase Cardboard Recycling by introducing a dedicated bin / stockpile area which can then be transported to the loose cardboard baling area for collection.