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Aldi, Woolworths and Coles join landmark plastic pact

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Known as the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands Plastics Pact (ANZPAC), the agreement sets specific goals for the grocery giants to achieve by 2025.

Aldi, Woolworths and Coles have all joined a pact to radically cut down the amount of plastic used in Australian supermarkets.

Known as the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands Plastics Pact (ANZPAC), the agreement sets specific goals for the grocery giants to achieve by 2025.

Within four years each of the supermarkets have pledged to have 100 per cent of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, as well as eliminating unnecessary and "problematic" plastic packaging.

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The supermarkets join a cohort of 60 businesses including The Arnott's Group, Coca-Cola South Pacific, Nestle Australia, PepsiCo and Colgate Palmolive.

Coles Chief Executive of commercial and express Greg Davis said Coles wanted to be the top of the food chain in terms of sustainability.

"As one of Australia's largest retailers, Coles understands the importance of working collaboratively to find a more sustainable future for plastic packaging,"

"Following the launch of our new Together to Zero sustainability strategy, we have an ambition to be Australia's most sustainable supermarket, working with our suppliers, customers and other stakeholders towards zero waste."

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Daniel Baker, director of corporate responsibility at Aldi, said the supermarket was working with suppliers to reduce single-use plastics, use less packing on products and use recyclable materials where possible.

"We try to do the right thing, not only when it comes to our employees and customers, but for society and the environment," Mr Baker said.

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"We conduct business practices of the highest ethical standard with integrity and, when it comes to sustainability, we recognise the importance of acting now."

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Brooke Donnelly, CEO of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (one of the main drivers of the ANZPAC) said the pact will help to deliver real change for the environment.

"As well as a growing problem, plastic is also fundamentally an international one. To tackle plastic waste effectively we need to find solutions that aren't constrained by national borders or old ways of thinking," Ms Donnelly said.

"Through the Plastics Pact model, we will bring together the complete plastic supply chain across the entire Oceania region, and working with our global partners through the Plastics Pact network, develop solutions that deliver real and tangible change to the plastic problem for our region."

A full list of the founding members of ANZPAC can be found here.

Source: 9News

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