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Friday 20 May 2022

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Calls grow for government recycling reform to include circular economy solutions 19th May 2022 /

Calls grow for government recycling reform to include circular economy solutions

Otis wants recycling standardised and for Tetra Pak to be included, while Fix & Fogg, Raglan Food Co et al are backing Chia Sisters’ bottle re-use petition.


Container Return Scheme must include milk – industry groups 4th May 2022 /

Container Return Scheme must include milk – industry groups

The Zero Waste Network and The Kiwi Bottle Drive have welcomed the government’s Container Return Scheme proposal for the breadth of materials included, that is plastic, aluminum, glass and liquid packaging board.


Transforming recycling consultation extended 2nd May 2022 /

Transforming recycling consultation extended

The government has extended the consultation period on three proposals released in April to transform recycling in Aotearoa New Zealand, Te Panoni i te Hangarua.


NZ Post pitches in on soft plastic recycling trial 21st April 2022 /

NZ Post pitches in on soft plastic recycling trial

NZ Post has teamed up with The Packaging Forum and Future Post to expand on the Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme to undertake a pilot trial, which will see a courier pick-up discarded soft plastics.


MfE releases compostable packaging position statement 7th April 2022

MfE releases compostable packaging position statement

The Ministry for the Environment has released its position statement on compostable packaging as part of the government’s National Plastics Action Plan.


Chia Sisters’ 2030 keg and refill goal 5th April 2022 /

Chia Sisters’ 2030 keg and refill goal

The Nelson nutritional drinks company wants to have 50% of all sales from kegs or refillable vessels by the end of the decade.


Watch: Transforming Recycling 28th March 2022 /

Watch: Transforming Recycling

Transforming recycling with the government’s Container Return Scheme.


NZTE launches sustainable package guide for exporters 25th March 2022 /

NZTE launches sustainable package guide for exporters

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has released new resources on sustainable packaging for exporters, in response to global trends and requirements for businesses to reduce waste and non-renewable material use.


Overpackaging key concern for Kiwis… 24th March 2022 /

Overpackaging key concern for Kiwis…

Overpackaging and non-recyclable packaging is a top concern for New Zealanders, according to new research by Kantar.


Goodman Fielder replaces 100m plastic tags with cardboard 14th March 2022 /

Goodman Fielder replaces 100m plastic tags with cardboard

Goodman Fielder has added recyclable cardboard bread tags to all its bread loaves, buns and rolls.


Earthpac unwraps $2m cap raise 10th March 2022 /

Earthpac unwraps $2m cap raise

The company is looking for investment to scale-up production of its home compostable packaging.


Watties, Verkerks among worst packaging offenders – Consumer NZ 10th March 2022 /

Watties, Verkerks among worst packaging offenders – Consumer NZ

Watties and Verkerks are among the top five most complained about companies when it comes to packaging, according to Consumer NZ.


Freightways invests $2.7m in upcycling venture 14th February 2022 /

Freightways invests $2.7m in upcycling venture

Fast-food and tetra pak cartons destined for the landfill are being converted into building supplies, thanks to Freightways investment.


Country of origin regulations come into force Saturday 10th February 2022 /

Country of origin regulations come into force Saturday

New country of origin regulations come into force on Saturday for fresh and thawed foods.


Natural Abundance launches ‘world first’ packaging NFT 8th February 2022 /

Natural Abundance launches ‘world first’ packaging NFT

Are NFTs an opportunity for food and beverage firms? Kristina Ivanova’s plant-based snack maker jumps in.


Covid disruption behind local packaging push 28th September 2021

Covid disruption behind local packaging push

Packaging specialist Pakworld has had a bump in business as food firms look for local alternatives to importing materials because of Covid-19 disruption to global supply chains.


Progress too slow in circular economy transition – report 22nd September 2021 /

Progress too slow in circular economy transition – report

New Zealand is missing out on economic gains because it has been too slow to transition to a low carbon circular economy, according to a new report from the Sustainable Business Network.


Beverage cartons, coffee cups recycler secures funding 21st September 2021 /

Beverage cartons, coffee cups recycler secures funding

Kiwi company saveBOARD has secured a A$1.74m grant from the Australian and New South Wales governments to set-up a A$5m facility that will turn packaging waste such as used beverage cartons and coffee cups into building materials.


Regulation, compostable packaging, container return scheme priorities in new plastics plan 17th September 2021 /

Regulation, compostable packaging, container return scheme priorities in new plastics plan

Regulated product stewardship of plastic packaging, exploring compostable packaging options, and a potential container return scheme are part of the government’s new national plastics plan. 


ComCom warns packaging company over recyclable cup claims 15th September 2021 /

ComCom warns packaging company over recyclable cup claims

The Commerce Commission has warned paper packaging company Glopac New Zealand for making misleading claims about the ability to recycle its hot drink cups.


Delta sales spike sees Coffee Supreme fast-track paper packaging 10th September 2021 /

Delta sales spike sees Coffee Supreme fast-track paper packaging

The company had to airfreight its new paper-recyclable bags to New Zealand after online lockdown sales skyrocketed.


Lion to shrink plastic packaging 7th September 2021 /

Lion to shrink plastic packaging

Australasian brewer Lion is to reduce the two largest sources of plastic in its packaging – plastic shrink-wrap and plastic labels on beer bottles in Australia.


Goodman Fielder moves to cardboard bread tags 13th August 2021 /

Goodman Fielder moves to cardboard bread tags

The transition starts with Nature’s Fresh loaves one day a week, but is soon to be followed by Molenberg, Vogel’s and Freya’s.


Wellington meat trays sorted 2nd August 2021 /

Wellington meat trays sorted

Wellington City Council’s recycling facility now has an optical sorter, capable of diverting over seven million meat and other clear plastic trays from the region’s landfills and overseas processors each year.


Waitaki in Tetra Pak recycling pilot 27th July 2021 /

Waitaki in Tetra Pak recycling pilot

The Waitaki Resource Recovery Trust has partnered with packaging giant Tetra Pak to create a trial collection point for a recycling initiative.


Packaging Forum brings soft plastic recycling to Hawke’s Bay 13th July 2021

Packaging Forum brings soft plastic recycling to Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay residents will be able to recycle their soft plastic packaging for the first time in Hastings, Napier and Waipukurau. The Packaging Forum’s Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme will be MORE »


The Packaging Forum backs plastics ban 30th June 2021

The Packaging Forum backs plastics ban

The Packaging Forum has welcomed the government’s move to phase-out difficult-to-recycle and some single-use plastics, but called for care when choosing alternatives.


Plastics ban: A welcome and a worry from FGC 29th June 2021 /

Plastics ban: A welcome and a worry from FGC

The association welcomes government’s moves to phase out problem plastics and some single-use plastics within four years, but warns that a smooth transition by some food producers could be hindered by global freight issues.


Plastics ban: A sticky issue for industry 29th June 2021 /

Plastics ban: A sticky issue for industry

The packaging and produce sectors were blindsided by government’s 2023 plastic fruit stickers deadline, warn on costs, complexity.


NZ to ban hard to recycle packaging, raft of single-use plastic items… 28th June 2021 /

NZ to ban hard to recycle packaging, raft of single-use plastic items…

The government is banning difficult to recycle food and drink packaging and a raft of single-use plastics by 2025.


Govt indecision forcing food firms into packaging limbo – Jenkins FPS’ Lunam 25th June 2021

Govt indecision forcing food firms into packaging limbo – Jenkins FPS’ Lunam

Leading packaging company JFS says government indecision and social pressures have driven food companies into a “holding pattern”.


Compostable packaging plan on the way – Packaging Forum 8th June 2021

Compostable packaging plan on the way – Packaging Forum

A New Zealand packaging industry group has moved to galvanise action on compostable packaging by launching consultation on what it calls one of the sector’s most pressing issues.


Pact to eliminate plastic waste by 2025 launched 19th May 2021

Pact to eliminate plastic waste by 2025 launched

A collection of businesses, NGOs and governments from across New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands have joined together to back an ambitious range of targets to eliminate plastic waste from supply chains by 2025.


PepsiCo targets 2025 for 100% green packaging across entire ANZ snacks range 18th May 2021 /

PepsiCo targets 2025 for 100% green packaging across entire ANZ snacks range

Pepsico says it will be the first large food FMCG business to move to 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable packaging across its entire snacks range in Australasia.


Grounded Packaging launches carbon-negative ‘plastic’ 19th April 2021

Grounded Packaging launches carbon-negative ‘plastic’

New carbon-negative sugarcane-based packaging gives food manufacturers an alternative to plastic.


Nestlé Australia in recycled wrapper first 23rd March 2021 /

Nestlé Australia in recycled wrapper first

The KitKat wrapper was produced by collecting and processing waste soft plastic.


Mars Wrigley makes Skittles sustainability move 18th March 2021

Mars Wrigley makes Skittles sustainability move

The US-based multinational manufacturer enters a partnership to develop biodegradable packing.