Petition: Cut plastic packaging by 20% by 2030!

SIGN THE PETITION TO CUT PLASTIC PACKAGING BY 20% AND INTRODUCE A 30% REUSABLE PACKAGING TARGET

Demand an ambitious national packaging solution to turn the tide on plastic.

Plastic is everywhere and in everything – found in our rivers, air and along our beaches; in fish, seabirds and in the food we eat.

The amount of plastic entering our oceans every year is going to triple by 20401 because not enough is done to cut plastic waste and pollution2.

"Australia generates more single-use plastic waste per person than any other country except Singapore" - Minderoo Foundation, Plastic Wastemaker Index.

Australia's environment ministers have agreed to an ambitious packaging reform, with federal Minister Tanya Plibersek calling for a "Plastic-Pollution-Free Pacific in our lifetimes" – committing to world leading regulation in 2024.

But it won’t occur without cutting the amount of plastic we use in the first place.

TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN, WE URGENTLY NEED YOUR SUPPORT. 

Will you sign the petition for a National Plastic Reduction Target? 

Alongside our partners, allies and supporters, we have developed a world leading packaging solution which we'd like to see adopted.

The new scheme will make producers reduce plastic and pay for the collection & recovery of their packaging.

 


1 The Pew Charitable Trusts and SYSTEMIQ. (2019). Breaking the Plastic Wave
2 Ellen Macarthur Foundation. (2022). The Global Commitment 2022 Progress Report

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PETITION STATEMENT

To The Hon. Tanya Plibersek, Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Water,

In respect to proposed laws regarding...

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PETITION STATEMENT

To The Hon. Tanya Plibersek, Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Water,

In respect to proposed laws regarding the use of packaging in Australia, in response to the Review of the National Environment Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Measure 2011 and the Australian Packaging Covenant, and findings that Australia will be unable to meet recycling targets, we the undersigned call upon the government to implement the best practice stewardship model for packaging.

This should include a national target to reduce plastic packaging by 20% and introduce a 30% reusable packaging target by 2030, alongside other measures to restrain the use of unnecessary, harmful and hard to recycle packaging.

Australia generates more single-use plastic waste per person than any other country except Singapore, generating an estimated 59kg of plastic waste per person annually - compared with a global average of 15kg per person. Noting that only 18% of plastic packaging is recovered for recycling in Australia, we urge the government to follow the example of countries such as France, who have set a goal to reduce plastic packaging 20% by 2025.

With research showing that global leakage of plastic into the ocean is likely to triple by 2040, urgent action is needed to limit plastic use. Enshrining a plastic reduction target within the law would support Australia's global commitment to the goal of restraining plastics consumption to sustainable levels, as a member of the High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution.

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