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Amcor inspires action in Asia to address plastics in the ocean

At the Responsible Business Forum (RBF) Singapore Amcor vice-president of sustainability shares report on recycling initiatives in Asia.


November 27, 2017
by Canadian Packaging staff

At the Responsible Business Forum (RBF) Singapore held November 23, 2017, Amcor Limited vice-president of sustainability David Clark discussed an Amcor-commissioned report on recycling initiatives in Asia.

“Most marine plastic originates from countries where consumer economies developed faster than their ability to manage waste. And more than half comes from just countries in Asia,” says Clark.

The report, Toward Circularity of Post-consumer Flexible Packaging in Asia, proposes how Amcor and others can further increase efforts to recover and recycle flexible plastic packaging.

Sumangali Krishnan, head of research and strategy from Gone Adventurin’, who compiled the report, says that efforts must include a multi-stakeholder approach and local government participation is key.

“Our findings show that solutions need to embrace the segregation of packaging at source, support material recovery facilities, and ensure a financially viable end solution,” says Krishnan.

The report provides an up-to-date picture of what is being done today in India, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

“We shared recommendations at the RBF because the leaders in the room have the power to collaborate and make a difference,” Clark notes.

During the RBF panel, Clark described Amcor’s contribution to protecting oceans and encouraged greater collaboration to address the issue more urgently in Asia.

The Singapore forum attracted business and leaders, along with representatives of United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations, from across the region. The meeting intends to advance initiatives toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

Amcor is a partner in the RBF, which characterizes itself as a think-and-do-tank promoting responsible businesses that considers the environmental and social effects of their operations, and sponsored the event’s workshop on SDG No.4, Life Below Water.

Download the full report HERE.

Amcor invites responses to the report via e-mail at reports@goneadventurin.com.

About Amcor
Amcor Limited is a global leader in responsible packaging solutions, focusing on a broad range of flexible and rigid plastic packaging that enhances the products consumers use in everyday life, with 95 percent of its sales into the food, beverage, healthcare and tobacco industries. The company employs more than 35,000 people worldwide, operating in 40-plus countries and 200 sites. More information at www.amcor.com.