Awards recognise excellence in manufacturing packaging

At an industry awards night for the packaging industry, manufacturers were recognised for their innovative approaches to packaging.

Presenting the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) awards, Trevor Evans, Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, noted that the winners of these awards demonstrate how the sector is pursuing national objectives.

“The achievements on show tonight demonstrate the strength of Australian industry’s leadership on the sustainable packaging issue. It was inspiring to hear more about the practical initiatives that Australian businesses are implementing across the country right now to improve their packaging recyclability, to build strong, sustainable supply chains and, critically, to deliver the 2025 National Packaging Targets,” he said.

Winning the “Packaging Manufacturer Sector” award was Detmold Packaging, while medical manufacturer Amgen Australia won the “Outstanding Achievement in Sustainable Packaging Operations Award” as well as the “Pharmaceuticals Sector” award.

Ciara McKenna, interim managing director of Amgen Australia, highlighted that improving their packaging was part of serving their customers better.

“Amgen’s mission is to serve patients, and in doing so we are also committed to supporting and preserving the environment, and to continually make improvements to ensure we are operating as sustainably as possible.”

Currently, the sector is transitioning to becoming entirely reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025, and Brooke Donnelly, APCO CEO, highlighted how those represented at the awards are leading the industry.

“While these initiatives represent different approaches to this challenge – research, design, innovation or collaboration – what they collectively demonstrate is that Australian industry is driving forward with the positive business case for sustainable packaging – and that now is the time for more Australian businesses to adopt an approach that’s both good for the environment, good for business and good for Australia.”

APCO is the agency that is determined by government to ensure that the industry meets the 2025 goal.