The Sustainable Packaging Guidelines (SPGs) and supporting tools assist Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) Members to review and optimise packaging to make more efficient use of resources and reduce environmental impact without compromising product quality and safety.

The new SPGs are integrated into an Implementation Guide. The Guide is designed to assist APCO Members to integrate the Sustainable Packaging Principles (Principles) into the right business areas to achieve the optimal outcomes for packaging functionality and to collectively work to meet the new national packaging targets: 

·         100% of all Australia’s packaging designed to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025 or earlier

·         30% average recycled content will be included across all packaging by 2025

Problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic packaging will be phased out through design, innovation or introduction of alternatives; and

·         70% of Australia’s plastic packaging will be recycled or composted by 2025. 
Please see below links to the SPGs and related resources:

SPGs and implementation guide
This document provides an overview of the 10 sustainable packaging principles and an implementation guide to help APCO members to successfully integrate these in their business.

Summary of 2018 changes and new inclusions
To assist you to navigate the new SPGs and related resources, this brief explanatory document explains changes to the new SPGs and outlines how the different resources interact with each other and other APCO tools and platforms. 

Quickstart Guides
The draft Quickstarts guides include the Design for recovery guide and Guide to recycling glass. Please note that APCO is currently developing Quickstart guides to recycling for a number of materials. We welcome your feedback on the format and information presented in the glass template provided.

Sustainable Packaging Checklist
The SPGs checklist in Excel format can be used by Members to adapt the principles and questions to their own business needs and packaging types, and record their SPG reviews.
Your feedback is important to help APCO tailor the final resources to Member expectations. We will give all feedback careful consideration, however the final approval of the SPGs rests with APCO and the Government Officials Group. If you have any questions about the survey or this consultation process, please email APCO at .
Estimated time to complete: 8 Minutes