Amcor joins new call for a UN treaty on plastic waste
October 15, 2020
SWITZERLAND (News release) -- Amcor is proud to be joining a new call for a UN treaty on plastic waste, following a recent report from Boston Consulting Group, World Wildlife Foundation and Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Amcor has embraced a leadership role in the packaging industry, to drive fast and tangible progress towards responsible packaging. Our company's contribution is most visible through 1) our innovation - such as our recent, world first recyclable retort pet food pouch - 2) collaborating for better policy and 3) informing consumers about how their recycling practices make a huge difference in keeping waste out of the environment.
That progress at industry level must continue and gather even more pace. But it must also be matched by a serious, concerted effort by governments to invest in the necessary infrastructure needed to manage waste and increase recycling - of all of types of waste.
Experts from the World Bank estimate that nearly 90% of all waste in the environment comes from items other than packaging. That is why we are supporting this call for a new global treaty - so that clear targets can be set, commitments made and progress accelerated. Governments worldwide can find inspiration and practical insights from those countries that already have shown leadership on tackling this important issue.
At Amcor we remain on track to meet our commitment that all our packaging will be recyclable or reusable by 2025. As we advance towards that goal, we will continue to advocate for the policies and infrastructure that will ensure consumers can enjoy the huge benefits of responsible packaging while protecting the environment.