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 November-December 2021 |
The winners of the 2021 WorldStar Packaging Awards were officially recognised dur- ing a virtual awards ceremony, with Coca-Cola Europacific Partners taking the gold for Sustainable Packaging Design for producing Australia’s first 100 per cent recycled PET (rPET) bottle for carbonated beverages – a world-first in the Coca-Cola bottler system to make the change at scale.
The federal government’s ban on the export of mixed plastic waste came into effect, with industry leaders confirming support for a staged series of export bans that will see the transformation of Australia’s recycling industry.
HMPS bought stretch wrap- ping specialist Integrated Machinery from Pro-Pac Packaging Group for an undisclosed sum. With the acquisition, HMPS expanded its footprint nationally and added a key machinery man- ufacturing hub in Melbourne.
Orora invested $19m, including $8m in gov- ernment grant funding, to build an advanced glass beneficiation plant at its Gawler glass packaging site in South Australia, scheduled to be running by late 2022.
In its new sustainability strat- egy, Coles Group announced the removal of single-use plastics from its shelves. In line with the 2025 National Packaging Targets, all Coles Brand packaging will be 100 per cent recyclable, reus- able or compostable; will have an average of 50% recycled content; and will carry the Australasian Recycling Label.
PepsiCo became the first large food FMCG busi- ness in Australia to move to 100% recyclable packaging across its entire snacks range, mov- ing to add the Australasian Recycling Label onto all its packaging by the end of 2021. The flexible packaging is recyclable through REDcycle.
APCO released The Australian Recycling Label Consumer Insights Report 2021, which revealed that the first place consumers look for informa- tion on how to recycle, is on the pack itself.

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