- Europe and Central Asia
- United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Sectors of activity
Environmental Services, Consumer Goods
Type of initiative
Education & Awareness Raising, Policy Frameworks & Tools, Research, Analysis, Assessment
Type of lead actor
The Plastics Pact is the first national implementation of the vision for a New Plastics Economy.To help The targets for 2025 are:
1. Eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use packaging through redesign, innovation or alternative (re-use) delivery models;
2. 100% of plastics packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable;
3. 70% of plastics packaging effectively recycled or composted; and
4. 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging.
Reducing the use of plastic is critical – by avoiding unnecessary packaging, eliminating non-recyclable packaging, encouraging reuse and switching to other materials or business models where beneficial. However, we must guard against changes that affect consumer safety, product protection and food waste. Achieving these goals, which the Plastics Pact is helping with, would make plastics consumption and production much more sustainable.
As collected through the One Planet Reporting
Knowledge resource and technical tool
A Roadmap to 2025- The UK Plastics Pact
A Roadmap to 2025- The UK Plastics Pact
Europe and Central Asia
WRAP (The Waste and Resources Action Programme)
The Roadmap has been developed as a framework to help businesses, including those signed up to the Plastics Pact, to meet the four key targets for 2025 which are: -By 2025, 100% of plastic packaging to be recyclable, reusable or compostable -By 2025, 70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled or composted - By 2025, take action to eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use packaging items through redesign, innovation or alternative (reuse) delivery models -By 2025, 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging The Roadmap aims to inspire members and supporters to act, and to galvanise wider action by governments, funders, investors, NGOs and businesses who are not members of The UK Plastics Pact, by outlining key activities that could be taken by all parts of the supply chain to meet the targets.For each of the four targets, the Roadmap gives dates for when key activities and outcomes should be completed, to give businesses a clear guide, ultimately helping them reach the goals of 2025. It also includes information about potential problems businesses may face when attempting to complete the activities/ reach the targets, offering some possible solutions.
The Roadmap to 2025 was published in November 2018 and is now freely available to download from the WRAP website. Businesses are already working towards the activities to reach the key outcomes for April 2019 (the first target date on the Roadmap). Examples of the progress of members of the Plastic Pact can be seen on the WRAP website, and with the Roadmap giving clear goals and the activities required to meet these, this will only continue. The Roadmap also means that even businesses that are not part of the Plastics Pact have guidance on how to change the way they use plastic, which is ultimately going to contribute to the circular economy for plastics in the UK, the key goal of the Pact.
Impact and Results
The UK Plastics Pact has 68 business members, representing retail, manufacturing, hospitality, the plastic supply sector, plastic recycling and resource management. Together, WRAP estimates these members are responsible for approx. 85% of the plastic packaging on products sold through UK supermarkets, and approximately 50% of the total plastic packaging placed on the UK market. The Pact also has over 35 supporting organisations (mainly trade and sector associations, technology and data companies). The UK Governments are part of the Pact. Support and involvement from such a large percentage of plastics producers means the impact of the pact will be huge. The project was successfully launched in April 2018, with good media coverage and promotional material including a video.
Next steps and how to get involved
More information about the Pact can be found on WRAP's website.