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PakTech begins manufacturing in Australia, announces recycling partnership with Endeavour Group

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PakTech announces partnership with market leader Endeavour Group, to double down on recycling scheme and commitment to the Australian circular economy

PakTech, the leading producer of 100% recycled and recyclable multipack packaging solutions, has today announced a new partnership with Endeavour Group and the launch of its local manufacturing in Australia. The news comes as PakTech’s range of multipack beverage can handles sold in Australia has been assessed as recyclable through the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) ARL program. 

Through the partnership, PakTech and Endeavour Group will team up over the coming months to expand Endeavour Group’s closed loop recycling scheme, which seeks to collect recyclable PakTech clips throughout its 270+ Dan Murphy’s outlets. This scheme will encourage the recovery, recycling, re-use of PakTech handles, and in doing so, helps to avoid landfill and reduce carbon emissions associated with packaging supply. 

The leading manufacturer of 100% recycled and recyclable secondary packaging, PakTech and its partners have the capacity to manufacture up to 75 million recycled multipack beverage can handles annually within Australia. Locally, PakTech’s existing customers include Asahi, Billson’s, Hawkers Beer and a host of craft beer, seltzer and wine manufacturers. In the US, PakTech’s customers include CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) companies like Pepsi, KraftHeinz and Johnson & Johnson as customers,  and  has seen continued strong growth for sustainable multipack products.

Commenting on its arrival in Australia, Brandon Rogers, CEO at PakTech said: “Today is an incredibly important day for PakTech and environmentally aware consumers. We’re now able to fulfil our vision of: made in Australia, recycled in Australia, and repurposed again into new products in Australia. We’re also absolutely thrilled to be partnering with a champion of sustainability such as the Endeavour Group. They, like us, know the importance of sustainability and are willing to take action; not tomorrow, but today.

“Conscious consumerism is flourishing, and pressure from consumers around the world is forcing brands and retailers to rethink their approach to sustainable packaging. Sustainability and the circular economy are no longer competitive differentiators, they’re an expectation. We’re thrilled to join forces with an industry-leading brand in the Endeavour Group, and to formally commence our on-the-ground manufacturing here in Australia. As we look to promote the circular economy and tackle single use plastics in Australia, there is no better organisation to do it with than the Endeavour Group.”

PakTech products are manufactured with high-density polyethylene (HDPE), also known as #2 plastic. This recyclable material is used to make various milk bottles, detergent bottles, and toys. Through a recover, recycle and remanufacture process*, PakTech and its partners seek to maximise collection of used materials, which are sorted, cleaned and processed through various facilities. The materials are then repurposed into new products. 100% of the HDPE plastic PakTech use comes from recycled material, closing the circular economy loop and avoiding the pitfalls of single use plastics.

Through this process and its technology, manufacturing and products, PakTech enables the food, beverage, and consumer goods industries to respond to growing ESG pressures and consumer demand for 100% recycled and 100% recyclable packaging and practices. 

“Endeavour are proud to be partnering with PakTech to support the continued recycling and re-use of PakTech products. PakTech products play a great role in the re-use of plastic from products such as milk bottles and cream jars,” Sarah McElholum, Circular Economy Sustainability Manager at Endeavour Group, added. “We are also continuously working to improve the recyclability and re-use of our beverage packaging for our customers. Our partnership with PakTech, along with our cork collection and wine bottle divider recycling schemes within stores such as Dan Murphy’s give our customers another chance to help avoid landfill, and give packaging another life.

“Endeavour supports the development of a circular economy: It’s better for the planet, important to our community and customers. We’re working to understand and improve the way we manage waste and make sure our packaging is sourced sustainably, meets customer expectations of quality and durability, and can be recovered, recycled and used again.”

PakTech’s launch in Australia – through a contract manufacturing facility in Sydney, NSW  and proprietary partnership with Visy – comes as public demand for sustainable packaging and practices skyrockets. While there has been some progress against the seven recommendations laid out in the Government’s National Waste Policy Action Plan, a report from the Australian Circular Economy Hub found that Australia’s recycling rate has not improved since 2006/7. 

By using 100% recycled material, over approximately one billion recycled milk bottles have been collected, shredded, and extruded into pellets to create PakTech products globally. That’s equivalent to 63,000 tonnes of plastic saved from landfills and oceans, and 54 acres of land saved from landfill waste by repurposing recycled containers into PakTech products.

About PakTech

PakTech is the leading producer of sustainable packaging handles. Made from 100% recycled and recyclable rHDPE plastic, their handles have provided leading brands and retailers with sustainable packaging solutions for over 30 years. A family owned and operated business, PakTech was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Eugene, Oregon. Now with a team of 275+, PakTech has a clear vision for its own role in creating a sustainable future by fully embracing the principles of the circular economy. PakTech helps customers meet their own ambitious sustainability goals. 100% recycled and 100% recyclable, it is the sustainable packaging solution for businesses.

About Endeavour Group

Endeavour Group Ltd is an Australian alcoholic drinks retailer and hotel operator that was spun off from Woolworths Group in 2021. Endeavour Group has Australia’s largest retail drinks network including more than 1,675 stores under brands such as Dan Murphy’s and BWS, and runs the country’s largest portfolio of licensed hotels. Endeavour also has leading in-house brands and production capability within it’s Pinnacle Drinks business. Endeavour’s customer base is large, growing and highly engaged, with over 4.5 million active My Dan’s members. Endeavour plays a leading role in supporting suppliers and other industry partners, ranging over 3,000 mostly small suppliers in stores and on it’s marketplace platform.

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