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Australia's National Plastics Plan 2021

Australia's Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment released the National Plastics Plan 2021. The plan outlines how the Australian Government can increase the recycling of plastics, as well as the use of other types of materials to replace traditional plastics and reduce plastic pollution.

Under the National Plastics Plan 2021, the Australian government has set out tasks for each year. The goal is to phase out the role of traditional plastics in key industries such as packaging and catering and replace them with green plastics that are recyclable or compostable.

In completely eliminating the role of traditional plastics in key industries such as packaging and catering, it will take some time to gradually change or replace existing plastic products.

Paper products and pulp products are the best substitutes for plastic products. Especially pulp products, pulp products are products made from bagasse pulp or other pulp after processing. Pulp products are biodegradable and compostable. Pulp products do not damage our environment. Shenglin Packaging has a variety of paper products and pulp products to choose from.

The annual task schedule in Australia's National Plastics Plan is as follows:

1. The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to set a timetable to ban the export of waste plastics, paper, glass and tyres;
2. The Australian Environment Minister agrees to the National Waste Policy Action Plan.

1. The first draft of the National Plastics Plan was submitted;
2. Passage of the Recycling and Waste Reduction Act 2020;
3. Microbeads are being phased out in rinse-off cosmetics, personal care and cleaning products.

1. The First National Plastics Plan implements Action 5.5 of the National Plastics Action Plan;
2. CSIRO publishes Australia's circular economy roadmap for plastics, tyres, glass and paper (January 2021);
3. Regulate the export of unsorted mixed plastic waste (July 2021);
4. The first review of the National Environmental Protection (Waste Packaging Materials) Measures 2011 and the Australian Packaging Convention to assess common regulatory measures;
5. National Plastics Design Summit.

1. Control the export of unprocessed single polymer or resin waste plastics (July 2022);
2. Eliminate non-compostable plastic packaging products that do not meet relevant composting standards and contain additive crushable technology [AS4736-2006, AS5810-2010 and EN13432) (July 2022);
3. Phasing out expanded polystyrene (EPS) packaging, bulk and moulded packaging (July 2022), food and beverage containers (December 2021);
4. Phase out PVC packaging labels (December 2022);
5. Review the progress of the National Packaging Target 2025.

At least 80% of products in supermarkets have the Australian Recycling Label (December 2023)

1. The goals of the National Packaging Program for the industry:
2. 100% of packaged products must be reusable, recyclable or compostable;
3. 70% of plastic packaging products are recyclable or compostable;
4. The average recyclable content in the package is not less than 50% (20% for plastic packaging);
5. Phasing out problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic packaging (the Five Goals of the National Waste Policy Action Plan).


Cooperate with the textile and white goods industry to guide the industry to gradually introduce microfiber filters on newly produced white goods and textile products by July 1, 2030.

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