Pact Group (NZ) Ltd are making recycled packaging for meat and bakery trays, and deli, food and produce, meals and containers.
Its new Auckland plant will permit recycled Type 1 or PET plastic to be decontaminated and made back into food packaging.
Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage mentioned the grant enables PACT Group to prioritize this project forward of many others.
“It is a major step ahead for a corporation that’s the largest manufacturer of rigid plastics packaging products in Australasia.”
Ms. Sage mentioned recycling plastics for food containers have been a part of an effective response to China’s National Sword policy that restricted the variety of waste imports it accepted.
“This new plant will contribute usefully to rising New Zealand’s on-shore recycling infrastructure,” Ms. Sage mentioned.
“Like other nations, New Zealand’s financial system to date has been based on a ‘take, make and get rid of” model, which treats nature and the assets it supplies as ‘free’ and disposable.
Brett Henshaw from Fonterra mentioned he was delighted by the new initiative.
“Fonterra have signed as much as zero waste to landfill by 2025 and 100 % recyclable, reusable and compostable by 2025 as well,” he stated.
Mr. Henshaw mentioned this new project would assist the company in reaching this objective.
The scheme is anticipated to be up and operating in nine to 12 months.
Ms. Sage stated the public also needed to do their part and ensure they were recycling correctly.
“Getting the appropriate materials within the crate is critical … folks must do better,” she stated.
“One thing folks can do to help is guaranteeing that their containers are clean when they put them within the kerbside bin.”