National Packaging Covenant Action Plan

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					     THE NATIONAL PACKAGING

              COVENANT MkII

                 Action Plan
             July 2005 to June 2010




     E.C. Choate & Co. Pty Ltd




    A Great family of Vegetarian Products




                  ABN 51 007 771 566
          38 Glenidol Road Oakville NSW 2765
TELEPHONE: 02 96274267             FACSIMILE: 02 96274299
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Executive Summary

E.C. Choate & Co Pty Ltd has a long established tradition of marketing high quality unique Health
Food products to the Australian consumer. The company has added the National Packaging
Covenant to its objectives, to monitor and improve its commitment to use of recycled materials and
the reduction of the amount of packaging required in its products whilst still ensuring Food Safety
and Product Integrity. The commitment to the NPC will minimise the environmental effects of land-fill
in the disposal of the packaging used by the consumer, by both educating the consumer in waste
disposal practices, as well as ensuring, the joint involvement of other members of the packaging
chain, from packaging manufacture to kerbside recycling and disposal.

E.C Choate & Co Pty Ltd is only a small manufacturer, importer and wholesaler of Health Food
products to the Australian market, but believes that every company involved in consumer marketing,
needs to be involved in reducing the environmental effects of its operation, and be able to take
whatever steps are within its power, to ensure it is a good corporate citizen as part of the total
supply chain.



Ian Blair

Managing Director

E.C. Choate & Co. Pty Ltd.
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Introduction
E.C Choate & Co Pty Ltd signed the National Packaging Covenant in October 2001, and submitted
an Action plan and reports for 2002,2003,and 2004. Following the upgrading of the Covenant this
upgraded plan has been written to incorporate the new requirements. This Action Plan is for 5 years
commencing July 2005 until July 2010 This plan will be reported on annually by September each
year

This Action Plan is part of our ongoing commitment and policy to reduce the environmental impact of
our packaging and to cooperate with the objectives of the National Packaging Covenant. MkII


About E.C Choate & Co Pty Ltd
E.C Choate & Co Pty Ltd was established in 1962 as an importer, packer and wholesaler
Symington’s Dandelion Herbal Tea and has over the years grown to market a range of unique well
known specialist vegetarian health food products. The company markets these products through
other health food wholesalers to health food retail outlets and supermarkets.
The company was originally based on importing unique health food products not available in
Australia in both bulk form and pre-packaged form and packaged to meet the local market
requirements.
Products are imported from mainly United Kingdom and Europe. Product in bulk form is either
packaged by the company or by a subcontractor. The company has introduced a new brand
"VEGEMEAL" over the last 3 years as its own label which has introduced a new range of products
as well as locally producing some of its previously imported products.

Location
The company office is located at Oakville, NSW and employs 2 full time employees who manage
and operate the wholesaling business. Sub contract packing operations are carried out by
Cumberland Industries (Filpac) at Mt Druitt. Cumberland Industries are not members of the NPC.
E.C. Choate & Co maintains ownership of all materials used and is responsible for all product and
packaging materials

Company Details
E.C Choate & Co Pty Ltd
38 Glenidol Road, Oakville NSW 2765

The company has no subsidiaries

The company turnover is less than 2 M

The contact person for this Action Plan
                        Ian Blair– Managing Director
                        38 Glenidol Road Oakville, NSW. 2765
                        TELEPHONE: 02 96274267
                        FACSIMILE: 02 96274299
                        MOBILE 0418293225
                        Email ianblair@choate.com.au
                        Web site www.choate.com.au

Ian Blair will monitor and report on the plans for implementation and progress.
E.C Choate has contributed to the Transitional Funding Arrangement as specified in the guidelines
in relation to turnover.
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Product labels are
                           SYMINGTON’S DANDELION HERBAL TEA
                                         VECON
                                         NATEX
                                        TARTEX
                                       VEGEMEAL

Our operations
All our products can be divide into 3 main categories
         1.Received in Bulk form
         These products are received in bulk containers usually in plastic bags in cardboard cartons
         shrinkwrapped on timber pallets and packaged into locally manufactured packaging.

        In pre-packaged Retail Packs
        These products are received in cardboard cartons shrinkwrapped to timber or plastic pallets.
        Most of these products are resold in sales units comprising 1, 6 or 12 units of retail packs as
        received.

        Locally manufactured products
        Raw materials are purchased in bulk form in a variety of packaging in plastic, bags and
        drums, composite drums (steel and cardboard) and cardboard cartons.

        As all raw materials and finished products are food products for food safety requirements
        they have to be transported and stored in sealed containers which prevent the ingress of
        moisture, vermin and in retail packs be tamperproof. They also have to be warehoused, and
        labelled to meet local requirements before resale.

The following packaging materials have been identified as entering the waste stream, are used in
final end user packaging in our product range, all of which can be recycled.
         Paper and cardboard
         LDPE
         Glass
         Steel Cans
         Aluminium
The following materials have been identified as major materials entering the waste stream as part of
our operations and our customer wholesaler operations,
         Cardboard cartons
         Paper and cardboard
         Timber pallets
         Plastic pallets
         Label backing paper from self-adhesive labelling operations

All products are resold in cardboard outer cartons to customers either as individual packs or in
cartons stretch wrapped to pallets. Although shrinkwrap and stretchwrap are difficult to recycle they
greatly reduce the amount of other packaging material required, reduce damage, and increase
product security for our products as they are shipped from overseas by sea to us and by road and
rail transport to all Australian states.
All of our products are high priced quality Health Food products which to be marketable require
good quality packaging, which is secure, tamperproof and maintains product quality, both in
transport and use by the customer as well as be able to be for stored for up to 2 years.
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Our products final customers are the general public and commercial users of Health Food
products so most of packaging finds its way into kerbside recycling by the final user over whom we
have no direct control and who we can only educate to ensure the waste is correctly handled.

Our action plan focuses on internal efforts to reduce and recycle waste, and to develop and market
products in recyclable packaging, which we can educate the final user to assist in efficient kerbside
recycling.
Achievements to Date
During the life of our first Action plan we have achieved a number of improvements to our operation
demonstrating our Environmental Commitment.

   i)     Cardboard cartons from the Contract Packing operations area of our business and our
          direct operations are crushed, baled and picked up for recycling. In some instances
          empty cartons are stacked flat and sold to second hand carton users.

   ii)    Cardboard cartons are reused by us to ship other products.

   iii)   Timber and plastic pallets from the warehouse are reused by us or on-sold for others to
          use.

   iv)    All product is labelled or overlabelled in Australia and includes recycling education
          messages

   v)     The Symington’s brand has been converted to using composite containers in all retail
          packs (100 grm, 250 grm and 500 grm) which unified the range with a more
          environmentally friendly container which meets product requirements and uses recycled
          raw materials.

Summary of packaging materials used
Retail packs
Symington’s
Composite container composed of
           Cardboard
           Aluminium
           Steel (tinplate)
           Plastic overcap (HDPE)


Vecon and Natex
          Glass jar
          Plastic cap
          Cardboard tray
          Plastic wrap (PVC/polyolefin)
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Tartex
           Aluminium tube
           Steel (tinplate)can
           Polyethylene cap
           Cardboard carton
Vegemeal
           Foil pack
           Cardboard carton
           Cardboard
           Aluminium
           Plastic cap


General packaging to wholesalers
          Plastic pallets

           Wooden pallets (most Chep returnable)

           Cardboard cartons

           Biodegradable Envirostretch
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KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
The following plan has been determined for this action plan


1 July 2005-30 June 2006
Introduce systems to allow calculation of the KPI’s
Target Qualitative and Quantitative methodology determined to meet evaluate performance
against relevant KPI’s
1 July 2006-30 June 2007
Undertake waste reduction investigations on all Symington’s products and report quantitative
values of variation to published baseline KPI’s
Undertake waste reduction investigations on all Vecon and Natex products and report quantitative
values of variation to published baseline KPI’s


1 July 2007-30 June 2008
Undertake waste reduction investigations on all Tartex products and report quantitative values of
variation to published baseline KPI’s
Undertake waste reduction investigations on all General warehouse packaging of all products and
report quantitative values of variation to published baseline KPI’s
1 July 2008-30 June 2009
Undertake waste reduction investigations on all Vegemeal products and report quantitative values
of variation to published baseline KPI’s
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                      KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
The responsibility of determining, evaluating and corrective action of all
targets is the responsibility of the Company owner Ian Blair



KPI 1
Total weight of consumer packaging (domestic & imported) sold per annum
into the Australian market and the total weight of products packaged.

This data will be determined from trading results of the fiscal year 1st July
2005-June 2006 by spread sheet calculation which computes the weights of
required items and consolidated into reporting items as follows



1. Total weight of consumer packaging

                             Composite containers
                             Glass
                             Aluminium
                             Steel

2 Total weight of products packaged.

3 ratio of product to packaging (by weight).



KPI 2
Resources used to produce packaging

E.C Choate does not produce packaging
For locally produced goods it however has selected two packaging companies
who are signatories to the NPC, Sonoco and Visy Board Pty Ltd.

All imported product that is sold in original packaging is purchased from
overseas suppliers who are governed by their local government requirements
and outside our control

KPI 3
Improvements in design, manufacture, marketing and distribution to minimise
the environmental impacts of packaging

In an effort to reduce the amount of packaging used in all products sold where
we have control over the amount and type of packaging used but without
compromising the food safety and product safety requirements of the product
and the quality of the product offered for sale, E.C Choate plans to research
and implement projects to reduce the environmental impact of its packaging.
These improvements will be quantitatively measured against ratios in KPI 1
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These projects will be added each year as the plan progresses in line with
above action plan basis with regard to product range

2006-2007 year Symingtons, Vecon and Natex

KPI 4
Changes to protection, safety, hygiene, shelf-life or supply chain
considerations affecting amount & type of packaging used

No changes to packaging for these consideration are currently under
consideration but as the need arises projects will beadded during the life of
the plan and their effect, measured against ratios in KPI 1

KPI 5
Average % per annum, of post-consumer recycled content in packaging
manufactured.

E.C. Choate does not manufacture packaging but as part of our commitment
to the NPC we will investigate our packaging supplies to determine if a greater
amount of recycled paper can be used in our product packaging and their
effect, measured against ratios in KPI 1


KPI 6
Total weight, by type, of “non-recyclable” consumer packaging sold per
annum into the Australian market.

An investigation will be made of what non recycled material is used in our
packaging as a benchmark


KPI 7 to 15
Not Applicable to E.C Choate & Co. Pty Ltd

KPI 16
Percentage of signatories providing recycling collection facilities for post-
consumer packaging generated on-site.

E.C Choate provides recycling facilities for recycling waste generated on site
from its day to day operations
Waste includes
               Paper from office and warehouse operations
               Cardboard from warehouse operations
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KPI 17 to 20
Not Applicable to E.C Choate & Co. Pty Ltd

KPI 21
Estimated tonnage of consumer packaging sent (a) for recycling and (b) to
land-fill from on-site collection facilities.

Quantities of consumer packaging will be reported in each annual report sent
to recycling and land-fill will be reported in each report


KPI 22
Number of signatories who have formally adopted the ECoPP and developed
systems for its implementation.

The EcoPP will be reviewed over the 2006-2007 year and implemented for all
packaging where applicable

KPI 23 to 25
Not Applicable to E.C Choate & Co. Pty Ltd

KPI 26
Implementation of Buy Recycled purchasing policy or practices.

E.C Choate regards the principles of this KPI as part of KPI 22 and will be
considered as part of the review on the EcoPP applicability to our products.
Progress will be reported as this is reviewed

KPI 27
Establishment of baseline performance data.

Baseline data is being developed from existing information systems and
assumptions and accuracy will be reported in each report

KPI 28
Annual reporting against action plan.

E. C. Choate Action plan will be reported annually in line with philosophies of
the NPC. The plan will be modified in line with business changes and new
projects added where applicable and reported against baseline KPI data

KPI 29
Demonstrated improvement and achievements against individual targets &
milestones

E. C. Choate Action plan will be reported annually in line with philosophies of
the NPC. The plan will be modified in line with business changes and new
projects added where applicable and improvements and achievements
reported against baseline KPI data

				
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