Chemistry Australia to help manufacturers pursue sustainability goals

Chemistry Australia has launched Plastics Stewardship Australia, an initiative to support the sustainable use and recovery of plastics, at the inaugural National Plastics Summit on Monday, at Parliament House in Canberra.

“Our industry is committed to improving how people use and recover plastics, which is why we’ve established the Plastics Stewardship Australia initiative,” Plastics Stewardship Australia chair, Robert Moran, said.

Representing members from the plastics raw material industry and supply chain, Plastics Stewardship Australia will support industry to reduce and manage plastic waste. The body has pledged to provide assistance to designers and manufacturers to achieve United Nations Sustainability Goals, and support the increased recovery of plastic products at end of life.

Chemistry Australia’s director of Strategy, Energy and Research Peter Bury said plastics will continue to play a vital role in meeting the demands of a growing global population and managing greenhouse gas emissions.  However, more work is required to better manage plastic products at their end-of-life.

“Industry has been working on plastics and sustainability issues for decades, but there’s still a lot more work to be done to stop plastics ending up where they don’t belong,” Bury said.

“With our collective knowledge in polymer science, engineering, manufacturing and market development, we are well-positioned to help government and industry develop more effective ways to prevent plastic pellets reaching our waterways, as well as to reuse and recycle plastic products at their end-of life.

Chemistry Australia represents plastics raw material producers, importers, distributors, processors and manufacturers, compounders, recyclers and research organisations.