The UK Plastics Pact is leading a global wave of change in the way we make, use, reuse and dispose of plastic. The UK's model is being replicated in other countries to form a powerful global movement as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy initiative. Since April 2018 the Pact has made meaningful progress working towards the four ambitious targets.

Our baseline

Data reporting and measurement is central to driving change. The report provides a summary of the total packaging usage by these members in 2018, which is the first year of the Pact.

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Target one - Eliminating problem plastics

We've taken crucial steps to eliminating single-use problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging for good. Bold steps have been taken which will result in a reduction in the amount of unnecessary plastic on supermarket shelves.

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Target two - Recyclable, reusable or compostable

Our target of 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable will only happen with whole supply chain collaboration and change in the way we make, use and dispose of plastics.

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Target three - Improving recycling rates

Our target of a 70% national recycling rate for plastic packaging by 2025 can only be achieved by bringing together businesses, government and citizens. Find out what is being done to stimulate the system change and behaviour change to reach this target.

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Target four - Boosting recycled content

Complex technical solutions need to be found to boost levels of recycled content. Currently at 10% with a target of 30% average recycled content across all members and their total plastic packaging sold.

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