Australia joins global efforts to end plastic pollution
Author: Lisa Korycki
Australia has also signed the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, fulfilling Plibersek’s promise at the UN Oceans Conference that Australia would sign up to the Global Commitment by the end of the year. The High Ambition Coalition and the Global Commitment are both opportunities for Australia to play a key international role in addressing plastic pollution, and reflect Australia’s leadership on this vital issue. “The Albanese Labor Government is committed to protecting our unique environment. I met last month with state and territory environment ministers and agreed to reform the regulation of plastic packaging by 2025. This will ensure that all packaging available in Australia is designed to be recovered, reused, recycled and reprocessed safely in line with circular economy principles. “Through the High Ambition Coalition and the Global Commitment, we look forward to strengthening partnerships across the globe to stamp out plastic pollution.” The High Ambition Coalition’s overarching goal is to end plastic pollution by 2040 by: restraining the consumption and production of plastic to sustainable levels; enabling a circular economy for plastics in which plastic products are either reused, recycled or remanufactured when no longer useful or required for their initial purposes; and achieving environmentally sound management and recycling of waste plastic.