CHEP Seals APCO Sustainable Packaging Award

Meghan Jaspers (Account Manager, Retail) and Lachlan Feggans (Senior Manager, Sustainability) accepting the award on behalf of CHEP.

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) hosted their annual sustainable packaging awards to recognize achievements in sustainable design, recycling and packaging stewardship, last Thursday.

CHEP Australia was proud to receive the 2017 Packaging Manufacturer Award by taking a leading role in supporting sustainable circular economies with its share and reuse business model. Lachlan Feggans, Senior Manager Sustainability at CHEP, talks about CHEP’s core business objectives and the direct link to CHEP’s 2020 Sustainability Goals, as well as how its programs support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

“Aligning our sustainability goals to the United Nations’ SDG connects our business with global sustainable development priorities and provides a common platform to collaborate with key stakeholders on critical sustainability issues”.

“At CHEP we optimise the flow of goods through the supply chain, reducing waste and supporting the world to trade more efficiently and sustainably. It’s a unique example of a virtuous cycle because the more our customers share and reuse our platforms, the greater the efficiencies and environmental benefits of our networks.”

“When customers use our reusable plastic containers, bins and pallets, over single use products, they are reducing their environmental footprint and supporting a sustainable future.” said Mr Feggans.

Brooke Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Packaging Covenant, said, “With the spotlight now firmly on waste and recycling there has never been a better time for Australian businesses to consciously reduce their environmental footprint.

“To effectively minimise waste going to landfill, sustainable packaging and supply chains are crucial. While there is no denying that much work still needs to be done – I feel it’s also important to acknowledge that there are great steps already being taken.

“APCO’s annual awards celebrate some truly amazing work being done to minimise the environmental impact of their packaging. CHEP has been recognized for achieving a 100% diversion from landfill rate for timber and plastic.

“Ultimately, we need to work together if we’re to collectively solve the challenge of waste management. Collaboration is key – among industry peers, between sectors and government. At APCO we continue to take a collaborative approach to connect all sectors to find the best possible solutions to packaging efficiency and sustainability in Australia.” said Ms Donnelly.

CHEP is a signatory to APCO in an effort to change the culture of business to design more sustainable packaging, increase recycling rates and support a sustainable circular economy. CHEP aims to assist customers to meet their sustainable packaging objectives under the new APCO reporting framework, due for release in November 2017.

APCO’s annual awards recognize its members for their achievements in sustainable design, recycling, and packaging stewardship. The awards were held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) on Wednesday 23 August 2017.