Sustainable Packaging

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Date: 28 April 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Griffith University EcoCentre 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan QLD 4111

Packaging has number of important functions in our modern lifestyle. It plays a significant role in reducing food waste, managing hazardous goods and protecting life-saving medicine. Over 5 million tonnes of packaging is used in Australia annually. Only half was recycled after use; the remainder ends up in landfill, in our waterways, or scattered across our land.

Plastic packaging, in particular, is extremely wasteful and impacts earth’s ecosystems, on which we depend. Due to poor product design and lack of political, economic and scientific infrastructure, the majority of plastic waste is sent to landfills or disposed of into the environment.

Our natural environment isn’t the only casualty of poor packaging management and recovery. Building a new and sustainable system in Australia will bring powerful opportunities for community impact, job creation and economic growth.

Gaining an understanding of the issues surrounding packaging waste is the first step in mitigating it.

We have invited two Australian experts: Prof Pierre Pienaar, President of the World Packaging Organisation; and Ms Dominique Lamb, CEO of the National Retail Association, to talk about the current issues in packaging and sustainable packaging within Australia and around the world. This will be following with a vibrant panel discussion involving representatives from industry, government and end-users.

Key speakers include:




Date & Time: 1:30pm for a 2:00pm start – 5:00pm, Wednesday 31 March 2021
Location: Griffith University EcoCentre, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan QLD 4111
Ticket Fee: Earlybird (by 24 March): $70 inc GST; Late (from 25 March) $100 inc GST; Online attendance also available
Includes tea & coffee during the afternoon with drinks and canapes served at the conclusion


This year, the Resource Recovery, Recycling & Re-manufacturing (4R) Research Hub (4R Waste Hub) will be joining the 3rd National Symposium on Recycled Organics (NSRO) to run our conference as series with limit of 50 attendees physically and we welcome attendees from across Australia and the world to join online.

This conference series will bring together delegates from multiple sectors including business, industry, government, universities, consulting and more to present and discuss advances, new discoveries in business, policies and research results regarding waste and organic waste issues and how we can support reduce, reuse and recycle processes.

The first event in the series will be focusing on Sustainable Packaging: The gap and challenge for Australia and the World.