UK companies make the world’s first pact to combat plastic pollution

Sustainability organisation WRAP has launched UK Plastic Pact, a collaboration bringing together business from across the entire plastics value chain with UK governments and NGOs to tackle the scourge of plastic waste.

UK Plastic Pact is bringing together business with governments to tackle the scourge of plastic pollution – image courtesy of Depositphotos.

Reportedly, unnecessary single-use plastic packaging will be a thing of the past as businesses sign up to a world-first pact, which aims to transform the plastic packaging system in the UK and keep plastic in the economy and out of the ocean.

Already 42 businesses, including major food and drink brands, manufacturers and retailers right through to plastic reprocessors have made their commitment to the Pact.

These Pact members are responsible for over 80% of the plastic packaging on products sold through UK supermarkets. In addition, 15 other organisations have also shown their commitment to the Pact.

 This powerful collective has committed to hit a series of ambitious targets by 2025:

  • Eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use plastic packaging through redesign, innovation or alternative (re-use) delivery models.
  • 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable
  • 70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled or composted
  • 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging

The UK Plastics Pact is the first of its kind in the world. It will be replicated in other countries to form a powerful global movement for change as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative. It is being led by WRAP, the sustainability experts.

WRAP CEO, Marcus Gover, said: “Together, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rethink and reshape the future of plastic so that we retain its value, and curtail the damage plastic waste wreaks on our planet.

“This requires a wholescale transformation of the plastics system and can only be achieved by bringing together all links in the chain under a shared commitment to act. That is what makes the UK Plastics Pact unique.

“It unites everybody, business and organisation with a will to act on plastic pollution. We will never have a better time to act, and together we can.”

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