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Plastics Stewardship Australia to support the sustainable use and recovery of plastics

Plastics Stewardship Australia to support the sustainable use and recovery of plastics

Plastics Stewardship Australia, an initiative of Chemistry Australia, has been established to support the sustainable use and recovery of plastics and will participate in the inaugural National Plastics Summit on Monday 2 March at Parliament House in Canberra. 

Representing members from the plastics raw material industry and supply chain, Plastics Stewardship Australia will outline its commitment to support government, industry and communities to reduce and manage Australia’s plastic waste. 

Plastics Stewardship Australia Chair Robert Moran said he is looking forward to working with delegates at the National Plastics Summit to find practical solutions.

“Plastic waste should not end up in the natural environment, and we share the community’s deep concern about this issue,” he said.

“Our industry is committed to improving how people use and recover plastics, which is why we’ve established the Plastics Stewardship Australia initiative.”

“Plastics Stewardship Australia is focussed on helping communities, industry and government develop solutions to deal with this particularly complex problem.”

Ahead of the National Plastics Summit, Plastics Stewardship Australia has pledged to provide assistance to designers and manufacturers to achieve United Nations Sustainability Goals, support the increased recovery of plastic products at end of life, and strengthen the uptake of Operation Clean Sweep® to prevent plastic pellet loss.

Plastics Stewardship Australia will also launch a new website, bringing together a number of resources to support the responsible use, recovery and reuse of plastic products.

Chemistry Australia Director of Strategy, Energy and Research Peter Bury said plastics will continue to play a vital role in meeting the demands of a growing global population and managing greenhouse gas emissions.  However, more work is required to better manage plastic products at their end-of-life.

“Industry has been working on plastics and sustainability issues for decades, but there’s still a lot more work to be done to stop plastics ending up where they don’t belong,” he said.

“The industry has worked closely with Operation Clean Sweep® for many years and continues to encourage other businesses to prevent plastic pellet loss into the environment.”

“At Plastics Stewardship Australia, we support UN Sustainable Development Goals and the objectives of the National Waste Policy Action Plan.  We believe the industry will be critical to achieving these targets.

“With our collective knowledge in polymer science, engineering, manufacturing and market development, we are well-positioned to help government and industry develop more effective ways to prevent plastic pellets reaching our waterways, as well as to reuse and recycle plastic products at their end-of life.

“We see the National Plastics Summit as a valuable opportunity to play our role alongside government and other participants to develop these much-needed solutions.”

Chemistry Australia represents plastics raw material producers, importers, distributors, processors and manufacturers, compounders, recyclers and research organisations.  Members of Plastics Stewardship Australia include 3M Australia, BASF Australia, Brenntag Australia, Dow Australia, Martogg Group, LyondellBasell Australia and Qenos.

A range of guides and other resources to support the sustainable use and recovery of plastics are available on the new Plastics Stewardship Australia website at

Pledges – National Plastics Summit – 2 March, 2020:

Plastics Stewardship Australia

Chemistry Australia has established the Plastics Stewardship Australia initiative to support the sustainable use and recovery of plastics. This includes:

  1. Helping designers and manufacturers use plastics to achieve United Nations Sustainability Goals
  2. Strengthening uptake of Operation Clean Sweep to keep plastic pellets out of our oceans and waterways
  3. Supporting increased recovery of plastic products at end of life
  4. Providing knowledge and information on the new Plastics Stewardship Australia website:

By 2030 the products we sell into packaging applications will be 100% reusable, recyclable, compostable or biodegradable.

Martogg Group Pledge
Martogg Group first invested in Vacurema® rPET manufacturing technology to make food grade marPET® recycled PET in 2016. By mid-2020 Martogg will have increased its investment in marPET® production capacity from around 11,000 tonnes per annum to over 23,000 tonnes per annum, all of which will be available as commercial supply to Australian manufacturers of packaging so that they can meet Australia’s 2025 National Packaging Targets.

LyondellBasell Australia Pledge
To evaluate and develop post-consumer polypropylene recycling solutions, together with industry partners, with the aim of creating value added recycled polypropylene to supply the Australian market.

Chemistry For Life Podcast – Episode 4 – National Plastics Summit

Chemistry Australia and Plastics Stewardship Australia respond to common questions about plastics and sustainability ahead of the National Plastics Summit in Canberra on Monday 2 March.  Listen to the podcast here.


Media contacts:
Shayna Welsh – [email protected] or 0448 660 443

Chemistry Australia is the pre-eminent national body representing the $40 billion Australian chemistry industry, one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the country. The industry supports more than 212,000 full time jobs and contributes more than $38 billion to Australia’s GDP. Members of Chemistry Australia are positioned across the entire value chain including manufacturers, importers and distributors, logistics and supply chain partners, raw material suppliers, fabricators, compounders, recyclers, research, academia and service providers to the industry. These businesses range from small family-owned companies to leading national and multinational enterprises.

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