Packaging Accord: Statement of Intent
Foodstuffs is a signatory to the New Zealand Packaging Accord
2004: Brand Owners and Retailers Sector Action Plan.
The Packaging Accord is a joint initiative between the packaging
industry, local and central Government, and the recycling industry,
to reduce packaging waste.
The objective of The Accord is to improve the sustainability of
packaging used in New Zealand by:
- Better partnerships and processes.
- Brand Owners and Retailers taking the primary responsibility
for product stewardship throughout the package life cycle.
- Greater material and energy efficiency in the production, use
and recovery of packaging materials.
- Supply chain initiatives that foster markets for
sustainably-made packaging, including more use of recovered
From time to time, Foodstuffs may impose terms and conditions of
supply related to it obligations and commitments in relation to the
Foodstuffs encourage suppliers to become signatories to the
Packaging Accord in their own right and to observe its principles.
The Packaging Accord 2004 may be downloaded from the website of the
Packaging Council of New Zealand at http://www.packaging.org.nz.
Suppliers are also asked to adopt and comply with the Code of Practice for the Packaging of Consumer
Goods, a self-regulatory code of practice developed by
the Packaging Council of New Zealand. The Code seeks to promote
excellence in environmental design of packaging while preserving
its functionality (e.g. product integrity, public safety, consumer
In accordance with the Code, and in order to minimise the
environmental impact throughout its life cycle, packaging should be
designed such that:
- The pack volume and weight are reduced to the minimum
commensurate with maintaining the necessary safety and hygiene of
the packaged product.
- It should be able to be reused or recovered and the
environmental impacts arising from the recovery or disposal are
- Harmful or hazardous substances and materials occurring in
emissions, ash or leachate on disposal are minimised.
Not withstanding the above, packaging must be suitable to
withstand the rigors of the supply chain, preserve the integrity of
the product contained, and meet customer requirements for
A full copy of the Code of Practice may be downloaded from the
Packaging Council's website http://www.packaging.org.nz/.
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