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Macca's bags APCO Award for sustainable packaging initiatives

It was recognised for its achievements in sustainable packaging in the Quick Service Restaurant industry.

McDonald's Australia was named the winner at the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation's (APCO) annual awards on August 23 in Melbourne. The brand has various strong sustainability initiatives underway. It has recently optimised several packaging formats to reduce raw material use and increase recycled content. Macca’s also implemented 100% recycled content carry out bags and diversion tracking rates.

All finalists across categories were selected based on their performance in sustainable packaging design, comprehensive recycling systems and product stewardship activities to develop sustainable supply chains. There were 17 sector award winners, and four businesses were also celebrated via the Outstanding Achievement awards in Design, Recycling, Packaging Stewardship, as well as the APCO Member of the Year who showed high achievements overall.

“With the spotlight now firmly on the waste and recycling industries, there has never been a better time for Australian businesses to reduce their environmental footprint. We commend all our finalists and award winners who are leading their industries toward a more sustainable future, and toward an Australia where packaging resources are used and disposed of wisely to minimise our environmental impact,” said Brooke Donnelly, APCO’s Interim CEO.

APCO enables businesses, government and industry to design and utilise more sustainable packaging throughout the supply chain to reduce the environmental impact of packaging in Australia. APCO’s annual awards celebrate the innovative and outstanding achievements of its members in these areas.

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