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Pact, Aldi sign recycled plastic packaging deal for own brand products

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Plastic packaging manufacturer Pact Group has announced a new partnership with Aldi, which will see Pact offer recycled PET and HDPE packaging options to the supermarket’s suppliers.

According to a statement from Pact on Thursday, the partnership will see recycled plastic packaging from the company’s NSW and Queensland factories made for Aldi’s own brand products.

This could include milk bottles, meat trays, fruit and vegetable punnets, Aldi said.

“Recycled plastic packaging that is designed and manufactured effectively, recycled properly, and disposed of correctly is the key to building a successful circular economy, and we’re delighted to be working with ALDI in this way,” said Pact CEO Sanjay Dayal.

Aldi’s sustainability targets include eliminating all non-recyclable packaging and offering a minimum of 30 per cent recycled content in plastic packaging by 2025. According to the company, it used more than 2,000 tonnes of post-consumer recycled plastic in its packaging in 2022.

According to the statement, the deal would also see Pact work with Aldi suppliers to “re-design existing packaging in smarter more efficient ways, further reducing plastic and ensuring all materials used in packaging can be fully recycled.”

Pact – in a consortium with Cleanaway Waste Management, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners and Asahi Beverages – runs Australia’s biggest recycled PET plant in Albury, NSW (pictured), opened in February last year. The team is scheduled to open a second facility in Melbourne of similar size later this year. Both have capacity to recycle about 20,000 tonnes of PET annually.

Picture: supplied

Further reading

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Pact Group in $500 million recycling pledge

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