WESFARMERS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2018

Packaging

As retailers, many of our divisions can have an impact on waste by making changes to how products are packaged. All of our retail divisions have made commitments in relation to packaging under the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO)

APCO is a co-regulatory, not-for-profit organisation that partners with government and industry to reduce the harmful impact of packaging on the Australian environment. Wesfarmers reports annually on its progress and packaging initiatives.

Our retail businesses all used APCO’s newly created Annual Reporting Tool to review progress of their packaging programs.

Through this process, we have identified a number of opportunities for improvement and have developed an action plan in response to the target set in April 2018 by Australia’s Environment Ministers to make 100 per cent of packaging in Australia reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

While the majority of Coles own brand products are already in recyclable packaging, by 2020 all packaging for Coles own brand products will be recyclable kerbside or in-store.

Coles will also introduce the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) launched by the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation, PlanetArk and PREP Design. The ARL uses a nationally consistent packaging assessment tool to determine the appropriate recycling label for different packaging components. The majority of Coles own brand products already have recyclable packaging, but less than 20 per cent currently carry recycling information.

In FY19, Coles will introduce a program to reduce and optimise fresh produce packaging. While some packaging is required for transport, to support product longevity and reduce food waste, Coles acknowledges there are areas where packaging can be reduced. By the end of 2018, plastic packaging will be removed from all Coles own brand bananas.

Our 2018 APCO Annual Report and Action Plan is available here.