APCO recognises CHEP as leader in Logistics and Sustainable Packaging Operations

APCO recognises CHEP as leader in Logistics and Sustainable Packaging Operations

Sydney, Australia – 20 September 2018 – The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) hosted their annual sustainable packaging awards to recognise achievements in sustainable packaging, industry innovation and collaboration, with CHEP Australia taking out two top awards.

At this event, CHEP received the 2018 Logistics Category award for taking a leading role in supporting sustainable circular economies with its share and reuse business model. This award acknowledges CHEP’s zero product (timber and plastic) waste landfill achievement and ongoing commitment to a circular economy involving the share and reuse of pallets, reusable plastic containers (RPCs), bins and containers within a collaborative network.

CHEP also received the 2018 Outstanding Achievement in Sustainable Packaging Operations award. This award was presented to CHEP for their Life Cycle Assessment tool, which provides their supply chain partners with data outlining the sustainable benefits of CHEP's circular, share and reuse solutions over single-use alternatives.

Lachlan Feggans, CHEP’s Senior Manager of Sustainability for the Asia Pacific region, talks about CHEP’s core business and how they support their supply chain partners make more sustainable packaging decisions and deliver better cost and environmental outcomes.

“2018 has already brought significant change and progress to the way packaging decisions are made in supply chains. With China’s National Sword policy and the removal of single use plastic bags dominating headlines, combined with the War on Waste capturing our attention, customers and consumers are now more engaged than ever before in building a circular economy.

“In light of this, there has never been a better opportunity for businesses to engage in the circular economy, where packaging solutions are shared and reused. At CHEP we optimise the flow of goods through the supply chain, reducing waste and allowing the world to trade more efficiently and sustainably. It’s a unique example of a virtuous cycle because the more our customers share and reuse our platforms, the greater the efficiencies and environmental benefits of our networks.

“Our team at CHEP is excited by the progress already underway and looks forward to working together to help the industry achieve 100% reusable or recyclable packaging by 2025”, said Mr Feggans.

Brooke Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Packaging Covenant, said, “It has been a monumental year for environmental progress in Australia - in April, the country's environment ministers announced a landmark decision to make all packaging 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, or earlier. Together, as a membership community, we have already made significant progress towards reducing the harmful impact of packaging.”

“To effectively minimise waste going to landfill, sustainable packaging and supply chains are crucial. While there is no denying there are still a lot of opportunities for positive change that we can all explore – I feel it’s also important to acknowledge that there are great steps already being taken.

“APCO’s annual awards celebrate some truly amazing work being done to minimise the environmental impact of packaging. CHEP is a business that is going above and beyond in their commitment to help supply chains across Australia and the world on their sustainability journey to reduce the harmful impact of packaging on the environment.

“Ultimately, we need to work together if we’re to collectively solve the challenge of waste management. Collaboration is key - among industry peers, between sectors and government. At APCO we continue to take a collaborative approach to connect all sectors to find the best possible solutions to packaging efficiency and sustainability in Australia.” said Ms Donnelly.

CHEP is a signatory to APCO in an effort to support the change of culture of business to design more sustainable packaging and support a sustainable circular economy. CHEP aims to assist customers to meet their sustainable packaging objectives under the new APCO reporting framework.

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) Awards is an opportunity to celebrate a year of achievements in sustainable packaging, industry innovation and collaboration. The awards were held at Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney on Wednesday 29 August 2018.