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Plastic Packaging Regulations

Spring '23 Newsletter
October 13, 2023

Turning the Tide Newsletter – Spring 2023

Plastic Packaging Regulations

Australia to regulate plastic packaging.

With companies failing to act on the ocean plastics crisis, in June it was announced that Australia will introduce new regulations on the use of plastic packaging. Governments have said they will set mandatory rules by 2025, and make industry responsible for the packaging they release onto the market. New rules will be established to ensure ALL packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable, and to prevent the use of harmful chemicals in packaging.

Australia’s governments will also look at potential laws to hold plastic producers responsible for their plastic waste. AMCS is urging the government to consider a tax on plastic packaging like those in the UK and Europe, which make companies responsible for the cost of cleaning up and managing the plastic waste from their products.

This is a huge opportunity to stop plastic at the source. We must keep up the fight over the next year to ensure these new laws deliver real reductions in plastic packaging use.

Ocean Plastic Pollution

With eleven million tons of plastic dumped into our oceans every year, our marine life is swallowing more plastic than ever — and it’s killing them. Together, we can turn the tide on plastic pollution and save our precious oceans.