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The National Packaging Covenant

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The National Packaging Covenant is working on a draft document for environment Ministers to consider inNovember to continue the Covenant post 2010 when the current arrangements expire. This will represent afurther evolution in the management of used packaging in Australia.

This will be the third Covenant of its type and it is now generally agreed there needs to be a greaterawareness that for packaging to be sustainable, full lifecycle considerations need to be taken into accountand that a single focus on recycling of used packaging may be counter-productive. In this way, the newCovenant draft will focus more on design for sustainability, incorporating the concepts of 'cradle-to-cradle'and life cycle analysis – to ensure sustainable practices are implemented by the supply chain. It recognisesthat packaging policy needs to also focus on recovery strategies for energy and water consumption,greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental priorities.

The key element that the Australian Institute of Packaging will provide is 'TIMELINESS'. Members will get to hear fromGavin Williams, Chief Executive Offi cer of the Packaging Council of Australia and EdwardCordner, Chief Executive Offi cer, National Packaging Covenant. Gavin and Edward are two ofthe key personnel on the board who have made the presentation to the Ministers and theywill be able to evaluate the minister’s decision only days after it has been released for ourMembers. The meeting will be in two parts. Key note presentations followed by an open forumled by Robin Tuckerman who is an industry leader in the fi eld of NPC applications.

  • When: Wednesday the 18th of November
  • Where: Box Hill Golf Club, 202 Station Street, Box Hill (Melway ref 61 C3)
  • Time: 6.00 pm for a 6.30 pm start. The evening concludes at approx 9.30 pm

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