Our aim is to ensure that problematic and unnecessary single use plastic packaging is eliminated by supermarkets and other retailers. In keeping with the national target, all plastic packaging needs to be avoided where unnecessary or reused, composted or recycled.
For any plastic packaged product to be labelled as reusable, compostable or recyclable, it must be able to demonstrate that it is indeed reused, composted or recycled.
Boomerang Alliance is campaigning to ensure this happens and the national packaging goals for 2025 are met.
- All retailers to phase-out excessive plastic packaging, firstly of fresh food and vegetables by 2021, followed by other non-putrescible and ‘brand’ products (continuous improvement).
- Where packaging cannot be avoided, by 2021, switch to packaging that will be reused, composted or recycled based upon accepted standards, at scale, across multiple regions.
- Take action to eliminate unnecessary single-use packaging items through re-design, innovation or alternative packaging by 2021
- Phase out polystyrene within 3 months
- Remove single use plastics from outdoor activities/picnic sections and replace with reusable/compostable alternatives (reusable/certified compostable coffee cups, cups, plates, other foodware)
- Introduce plastic free aisles/areas for fresh fruit and veg
- Encourage the use of reusable containers at the butcher, deli, etc. and charge for disposable containers by 2021
- Negotiate with suppliers on their use of plastic packaging to eliminate unnecessary packaging
- Set new requirements for internal bulk supplies that reduce plastic packaging waste through reusable/returnable supply containers and ensuring that all discarded packaging is composted or recycled
Note: see Reusable Containers page for further information on standards