The work of our compostable packaging technical advisory group aims to remove the challenges compostable packaging faces in New Zealand. We’re partnering with other stakeholders and organisations to ensure we come up with robust solutions that benefit our environment, communities and businesses.
What’s not included?
Compostable packaging can play a significant role in keeping packaging out of landfill. This is particularly the case where the content has nutrient value and where packaging would be too contaminated for recycling.
But when compostables do get put into landfill instead of being sent to composting facilities, they cause problems due to the methane they release. That’s why brands, consumers, collectors and processors all have a role to play in ensuring this type of packaging ends up in the right place.
Some of the items suitable for being composted are FMCG packaging for products containing food, fruit stickers and food serviceware. The composting process allows this type of waste to be turned into a valuable addition to soil.
Compostable packaging does not have a role to play in products with contents that are harmful to the end of life environment and composting process.
We’ve identified a number of barriers to compostability in New Zealand. Our team is working with other stakeholders through a systems approach to arrive at a national solution that benefits New Zealand and New Zealanders. Some of the barriers we believe need addressing are:
Our technical advisory group is led by Kim Renshaw from Beyond the Bin and includes Packaging Forum members with expertise and interest in compostable packaging and end of life solutions.
Our team works with other stakeholders throughout the supply chain.