Our third Annual Report provides the most complete picture of action on tackling plastic packaging waste in the UK. It combines aggregated Pact member data from right across the supply chain, with examples of members progress against the targets. This enables us pinpoint where specific action is needed.
So, three years in, what does the picture look like?
The headline data for 2020
UK Plastics Pact members account for two thirds of all consumer packaging used in the UK. They are demonstrating significant collective and individual progress against each of the targets, but we still have a long way to go.
46% reduction in problematic and unnecessary plastic items since 2018
70% of plastic packaging is reusable or recyclable
52% of plastic packaging is recycled, up from 44% 2018
Average recycled content is 18% doubling from 9% in 2018
Tackling the issue of plastic waste helps combat climate change
Reducing plastic packaging prevents carbon emissions.
Since 2018 we have seen a 10% reduction in consumer plastic packaging. That’s a 335kt CO2e reduction, equivalent to taking 150,000 cars off the road.
Using recycled plastic to make new products and packaging saves energy.
More recycled content used in plastic packaging places less strain on the earths natural resources as well as preventing carbon emissions.
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The UK Plastics Pact Annual Report 2020-21.pdf
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