Addressing key issues
affecting our members

The Packaging Forum is a membership organisation that provides a forum to address critical issues affecting our members. We work collaboratively with our members, industry, central and local government to achieve the best sustainable outcomes.

The Forum is currently addressing six key platforms:

Pledge 2025:

Reducing the environmental impacts of waste and retaining our social licence to operate.  We support and advocate for:

  • evidence-based policy with fair and cost-effective responsibility across the supply chain; and
  • the right policy settings that achieve the highest value sustainability outcomes, especially those that are New Zealand-based, circular, simple for customers, reduce litter, maximise quality and quantity and provide a level playing field.

Litter and public place recycling:

Reducing harm through capturing uncontained packaging, recovery and recycling.  We work to:

  • Promote behaviour change;
  • Collaboration with council, industry and stakeholders;
  • Support effective solutions for litter; and
  • Support our members’ social licence to operate.

Litter and public place recycling:

Reducing harm through capturing uncontained packaging, recovery and recycling.  We work to:

  • Promote behaviour change;
  • Collaboration with council, industry and stakeholders;
  • Support effective solutions for litter; and
  • Support our members’ social licence to operate.

Voluntary stewardship:

Enabling effective recovery and recycling, led by industry. We support:

  • Voluntary stewardship impacting the whole supply chain, including design, material types, supply chain and end-of-life;
  • New Zealand’s existing circular glass solution;
  • Development of onshore, circular solutions for plastic packaging; and
  • Solutions for compostable packaging.

WASTE LEVY:

Incentivising waste diversion and advocating for a differential levy.
The Packaging Forum:

  • Support incentives that encourage diversion from landfill and increase funding for initiatives, including a level playing field (extension across all landfills), more funding for public/private partnerships to develop circular solutions and fund research to substantiate the business case;
  • Recommend development of a waste levy national investment plan which provides transparency about priorities and a differential levy; and
  • Support review of the Waste Minimisation Fund allocation system where councils would apply for funds based on projects, rather than on a per capita basis.

WASTE LEVY:

Incentivising waste diversion and advocating for a differential levy.
The Packaging Forum:

  • Support incentives that encourage diversion from landfill and increase funding for initiatives, including a level playing field (extension across all landfills), more funding for public/private partnerships to develop circular solutions and fund research to substantiate the business case;
  • Recommend development of a waste levy national investment plan which provides transparency about priorities and a differential levy; and
  • Support review of the Waste Minimisation Fund allocation system where councils would apply for funds based on projects, rather than on a per capita basis.

Container Return Scheme:

A solution for a problem NZ doesn’t have or part of an effective tool for recovery systems? We support:

  • Kerbside and public place recycling;
  • Litter and marine reduction;
  • Cost-effective, high value solutions;
  • Simple solutions for customers;
  • Evidence-based policy;
  • Improving existing solutions;
  • Industry-led solutions; and
  • Onshore infrastructure.

CLIMATE CHANGE:

New Zealand is a signatory to the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Packaging Forum:

  • Believes business has a leading role to play;
  • Considers New Zealand’s environment, our natural capital, needs to be properly valued and managed; and
  • Is committed to integrating sustainability but minimising environmental impact of packaging through the supply chain.

CLIMATE CHANGE:

New Zealand is a signatory to the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Packaging Forum:

  • Believes business has a leading role to play;
  • Considers New Zealand’s environment, our natural capital, needs to be properly valued and managed; and
  • Is committed to integrating sustainability but minimising environmental impact of packaging through the supply chain.

Join us and together we will
make packaging waste free by 2025