mpconsulting has concluded its independent review of the operation of the co-regulatory arrangements established by the National Environment Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Measure 2011 (the UPM NEPM) and the Australian Packaging Covenant (the Covenant).
The aim of the Review was to identify opportunities to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the UPM NEPM and Covenant in achieving the national environment protection goals set out within them. Recommendations for reform are designed to ensure that the scheme is fit-for-purpose into the future; there are clear goals and performance indicators; there is clarity regarding who the scheme applies to (and their obligations); there is accountability for outcomes; and that there is effective monitoring and enforcement.
A final report was provided to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (the Department) in September 2021 concluding the ten-month evaluation of the effectiveness of the UPM NEPM arrangement. The report has since been published and is available for download on the Department’s website here.
We sincerely thank the wide range of consumers, brand owners and representatives from government and industry who have shared their experiences and expertise and provided valuable information to inform the Review.
We also extend our gratitude to the Department and the Government Officials Group for their contribution to the Review.