Webinar – Glass and soft plastic sustainability 101

Webinar for members and stakeholders

Date: 27 August 2021
Time: 2:00pm

The Packaging Forum is a leader in improving packaging sustainability, including such initiatives as our two voluntary product stewardship schemes.

In this webinar, find out all about the schemes from the scheme managers Lyn Mayes and Dominic Salmon. Why they exist, how they work, what they’ve achieved and what the future might hold.

Sustainability tours – Visy Recycling and Villa Maria (postponed)

The sustainability tours at Visy Recycling and Villa Maria have been postponed due to the change in Alert Levels, with new dates to be announced soon.

Date: TBA

The tours will visit Visy Recycling’s MRF (material recovery facility) as well as its glass manufacturing plant, and are sure to be a fascinating insight into resource recovery at scale.

The second tour will look at how Villa Maria’s has put its sustainability principals into practice.

The tours and AGM are for current financial members, so please ensure your account is up to date and keep an eye out for your invite.

Annual General Meeting

Due to the change in Alert Levels we have had to move this year’s AGM online. An invite will be sent to attend the webinar.

2 September 2021

Attendance is for our current financial members only, so please ensure your account is up to date and look out for your email invite.


Time: 10am
The AGM will include:

  • Formal AGM including election of 2021 – 2023 appointments to the Soft Plastic Recycling
  • Scheme and Glass Packaging Forum steering committees
  • Updates from scheme managers
  • A facilitated member discussion on an important packaging issue

Speaker series

The speaker series will now be held as a series of short webinars. An email invitation will be sent with registration links for each webinar.

5.30pm Networking drinks, Villa Maria wine experience 5.30pm

Special offer: All guests receive savings on wine purchases made in the cellar door

Webinar: All about soft plastic recycling – who, what, where

The latest Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme (SPRS) webinar will outline the current state of the scheme and what the future holds.

11am, 24 June 2021

This is a member-only event. To register your interest email Donna Hellens.

The webinar will feature Bruce Middleton from Waste Not Consulting, Future Post Founder Jerome Wenzlick and SPRS Scheme Manager Lyn Mayes.

They will outline what soft plastic New Zealanders are recycling, how much they are recycling, and where they are recycling it as well as what’s next for the scheme.

This is a member-only event. To register your interest email Donna Hellens.

Webinar: Compostable packaging – growing understanding

Our Composable Packaging Technical Advisory Group Project Manager Kim Renshaw (Beyond the Bin founder) will lead a webinar to introduce its work.

11am, 3 June 2021

Attendance for members is free. Attendance for non-members is $30. To get tickets click here.

Kim will take us through the use case for composable packaging and launch the group’s consultation document, while Chris Purchas of the WasteMINZ Organic Materials Sector Group will speak about their views on this packaging type.

Attendance for members is free. Attendance for non-members is $30. To get tickets click here.

Member-only webinar – regulation of glass packaging

Join Rob Langford, CEO of The Packaging Forum for a discussion on the logistics and indicative costings of an alternative scheme to a CRS for glass we have been developing.

2pm 19 April 2021

We are meeting with Minister Parker in mid-April to discuss the implications of a CRS for glass packaging, and to propose a less costly solution to achieve the same results.

Accreditation report webinar:

The Glass Packaging Forum will be holding a a member-only webinar on the recently completed annual accreditation report 2019-2020.

11am 26 March 2021

The event will take you through the report, give an update on current work, and answer any questions you may have.

Members of The Packaging Forum are also welcome to register.

Foodtech Packtech, which was postponed due to the pandemic, is New Zealand’s largest food manufacturing, packaging and processing technology trade show.

13-15 April 2021

The Packaging Forum CEO Rob Langford will speak about whole of material, industry-led solutions and regulated product stewardship. The Forum will also have a stand (3175) so be sure to drop past and say hello.

Event website

Member discount

Safe & Sustainable Packaging & Materials Forum

17 March 2021

Get the discount code – members only

Members of The Packaging Forum and its schemes are entitled* to a special roll-back to the super saver price $1099+gst to attend the Safe & Sustainable Packaging & Materials Forum on 17 March at the Ellerslie Events Centre.

*This offer is valid until 5pm, Fri 5 March and is for new registrations only.
Rob Langord, CEO of The Packaging Forum will be one of the guest speakers.

Get the discount code – members only

Soft plastic webinar:

Labelling, materials compliance and the future of soft plastic recycling in New Zealand and Australia.

12.30 – 2pm (New Zealand), 10.30am – noon (Australia – AEDT) 15 March 2021

Register your interest

In December 2020, The Packaging Forum signed an agreement with the Australian Packaging Covenant (APCO) which integrates the New Zealand Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme within the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL).

There are a lot of questions about using the PREP tool, how to use the ARL and, how to use the  NZ soft plastic recycle at store logo in conjunction with the ARL and REDCycle.

To answer these questions, we will be joined by Lily Barnett and Alex Dickie from APCO, and Liz Kasell from REDCycle. This webinar will be of interest to your colleagues in Australia as well.

Register your interest