AWRE 2022 | Seminar Program

Start Date: August 24, 2022
End Date: August 25, 2025



Returning to AWRE in 2022, the free-to-attend Seminar Program tackles the industry’s most challenging and compelling issues today and into the future, through a program of carefully curated seminars and panel discussions.
Covering critical topics impacting the future of waste and recycling in Australia, the AWRE Seminar Program will include discussions of key industry actions and insights from across policy & regulation, trends & insights to practical and tangible solutions from innovators shaping the future direction for Australia.

View the full PROGRAM here...

Spotlight on AIP Packaging Sessions...

DAY 1 - WEDNESDAY, 24 AUGUST 2022                                  
11:30 - 12:30
Save Food Packaging Design

The most innovative and intuitive Save Food Packaging uses design features that can contain & protect, preserve, extend shelf life, easily open and reseal, provide consumer convenience and portion control; all the while meeting global sustainable packaging targets.
Opportunities for packaging design to minimise food waste can include better facilitation or communication around portion control, date labelling, extension of shelf life, protection, resealability and openability, serving size, food safety/freshness information, information on storage options and improved communication on packs. The AIP has been working on guidelines that will help to design Save Food Packaging to minimise food waste from paddock to plate using innovative and intuitive design features and this session will showcase some award winning best practice examples of what good look like. Australia needs to build a sustainable food system that delivers food security, considers social, economic and environmental impacts and no longer sees food waste heading to landfill. This is where innovative Save Food Packaging (SFP) Design has a role to play within the Food System.
Speaker: Nerida Kelton, Executive Director, AIP and Vice President, Sustainability & Save Food, World Packaging Organisation


2.15 pm – 3.15 pm
Australasian Recycling Label program: new opportunities for SME’s

Since launching in 2018, the Australasian Recycling Label Program (ARL Program) has continued to go from strength to strength, welcoming hundreds of Members and enjoying international recognition as a best practice labelling program.
During this session, join the APCO team for a deep dive into the upcoming ARL SME Program, in which APCO and partners will work to support small and medium sized businesses to adopt the ARL on their packaging. Developed alongside key industry associations the Australian Institute of Packaging, the Australian Food & Grocery Council, and the National Retail Association, the Program is designed to help smaller businesses fulfil their responsibility to tell their customers how to recycle correctly – and help push Australia towards achieving the 2025 National Packaging Targets.
The session will feature a dynamic panel discussion looking into the Program, outlining how the process will be made easy for small businesses to drive uptake of the ARL. This includes the upcoming launch of the ARL Marketplace, a new and simplified way for SMEs to purchase sustainable packaging that contains the ARL. Join the session to find out more, including how you can work with your supply chains and stakeholders to help facilitate ARL uptake and drive the development of a true circular economy for sustainable packaging.
Speakers: Barry Cosier, AFGC, Lesley Fox, APCO and Nerida Kelton, AIP


DAY 2 - THURSDAY, 25 AUGUST 2022                                      
14:15 - 15:15
Circular & Sustainable Packaging Design including SPG’s

The purpose of this session  is to discuss how companies can integrate Sustainable Packaging Design into the right business areas, to achieve the optimal outcomes for packaging functionality and to collectively work to meet local and regional government regulations such as the 2025 National Packaging Targets, the Plastics plan, Single Use Plastics (SUP) Regulations and more.
This session will help you  to understand how to start applying Sustainable Packaging Design in your business and will enable attendees to gain a better understanding of how using and applying packaging design principles can help any sized business to lower their environmental impacts, reduce packaging and products waste and meet regulations.  The session will also include Best Practice Examples from across the Globe in Sustainable & Circular Packaging Design.
Speaker: Ralph Moyle FAIP, CPP, Education Coordinator, Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP)