CHEP Recognized as Leader in Sustainability by APCO

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SYDNEY – 17 December 2019 – CHEP Australia has been recognized as a leader in sustainability at the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation Annual Awards in Melbourne.

CHEP, a supply chain solutions specialist, won the overall APCO Sustainable Packaging Excellence award, recognizing dedication to collaboration with customers and to helping Australia truly shift to a more circular and sustainable packaging system. CHEP also took home the APCO Logistics Sector Award. In addition to delivering a global reusable packaging model, CHEP works with thousands of businesses to build and support sustainable supply chains globally.

Circularity and sustainability are at the heart of CHEP’s business model, they collaborate with a broad range of businesses across several industries, including many APCO Members, to build and support sustainable supply chains. CHEP continually innovates to increase material efficiency and all platforms are circular, meaning they are shared and reused many times, reducing the need for single-use alternatives. CHEP’s platforms are also made from either certified sustainable timber or other materials such as plastics which are recovered and reused many times before being recycled once reaching end-of-life.

Lis Mannes, Executive General Manager, CHEP Australia, said: “We are thrilled to be recognized for both awards, which shows our ongoing commitment as a company to building sustainable supply chains and eliminating waste for our customers.”

In 2019, by replacing single-use or one-way packaging with reusable alternatives that are continuously shared, repaired and reused throughout the supply chain, CHEP customers in Australia have saved:

  • 1.271 million tonnes of CO2;
  • 278,000 liters of water; and
  • 809,000 million metric tonnes of solid waste.

Brooke Donnelly, APCO CEO commented: “All of tonight’s winners and finalists have demonstrated industry leadership and excellence in sustainable packaging. While these initiatives represent different approaches to this challenge – research, design, innovation or collaboration – what they collectively demonstrate is that Australian industry is driving forward with the positive business case for sustainable packaging – and that now is the time for more Australian businesses to adopt an approach that’s both good for the environment, good for business and good for Australia.

“With the 2025 target to make all packaging 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable now in focus, industry collaboration and innovation have never been more important. The award ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of organizations that are leading the way in making this target a reality. We look forward to continuing to work with them in close partnership, in order to share the innovation, learning, and insights required to build a circular economy here in Australia.”

APCO works with government and industry to reduce the harmful impact of packaging on Australian communities by moving towards a circular economy. It is the organization charged by government regarding making all packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.  For more information visit www.packagingcovenant.org.au