Circular packaging boost: Australian food industry celebrates federal funding

Circular packaging boost: Australian food industry celebrates federal funding

Sustainability

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) warmly welcomes the recent allocation of $60 million in federal government funding aimed at strengthening Australia's recycling capabilities and advancing the development of a circular economy for packaging materials.

The funding targets hard-to-recycle plastics, including soft plastics, while also initiating consultations on a national framework for traceability of recycled content. The announcement was made on Tuesday by Tanya Plibersek, Minister for the Environment and Water.

This funding boost is expected to significantly benefit food and grocery companies by providing them with increased access to recycled materials for their packaging needs. It is envisioned that these initiatives will foster greater adoption of sustainable practices throughout the industry.

Supermarket fruit and vegetables credit Doug Beckers
Supermarket fruit and vegetables © Doug Beckers (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Tanya Barden, CEO of AFGC, expressed her enthusiasm regarding this crucial step forward.

We are delighted with the government's commitment to supporting recycling capabilities, as it paves the way for a more circular economy. This funding will enable our companies to embrace recycled materials, contributing to a greener and more environmentally responsible future.

The AFGC applauds the federal government's proactive approach to advancing sustainability within the food and grocery sector and looks forward to actively participating in this transformative journey.

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