Plastics Pact

A unique platform that brings together businesses, governments, innovators, NGOs, and citizens on a national level to rally behind ambitious targets and build a plastics system that works.

The New Plastics Economy aims to move away from the current ‘take, make, dispose’ plastics economy towards one based on circular economy principles. The vision for such a system is that plastics are kept in the economy and out of the environment.

In order to realise this ambitious vision, the New Plastics Economy initiative, is launching The Plastics Pact. Each pact will bring together national and local authorities, businesses involved in designing, producing, using and recycling plastics, as well as NGOs, innovators and citizens.

The Plastics Pact is the only initiative of its kind to bring together all relevant stakeholders behind a common agenda and jointly set ambitious, time-bound objectives.

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While all the initiatives are led by a local organisation, they all share the New Plastics Economy vision and all commit to achieving ambitious targets by 2025 in the following areas:

  • Eliminate unnecessary and problematic single-use plastic packaging through redesign and innovation

  • Ensure all plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable, or compostable

  • Increase the collection and recycling of plastic packaging

  • Increase recycled content in plastic packaging

The UK Plastics Pact is the first of its type, led by UK charity WRAP, and was launched in April 2018. A second pact is being developed in Chile in collaboration with local B Corp TriCiclos.

Over time, the organisations involved in each pact will come together to form a Plastics Pact network that will share knowledge and best practices. Together these pacts will represent an important part of the effort to designing a global system in which plastics are valued even after use, and so do not become waste.