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The United States Plastics Pact

The United States Plastics Pact launched in 2020. WRAP worked with the U.S. Plastics Pact’s steering committee (including The Recycling Partnership, WWF, and The Ellen MacArthur Foundation) to support the development of their Pact and Roadmap to delivery in collaboration with all members and supporters. 

On 25 January 2022, the US Plastics Pact team released its Problematic and Unnecessary Materials List, an important first step to accelerate progress toward a circular economy for plastic packaging in the United States.

The U.S. Plastics Pact brings together businesses, not-for-profit organisations, government agencies, research institutions, and other stakeholders who will work collectively towards a common vision of a circular economy for plastics, as outlined by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Initiative. 

By bringing together these stakeholders and driving collaborative action, the U.S. Plastics Pact will deliver a step change towards a circular economy, enabling companies and governments in the U.S. to collectively meet impactful targets by 2025 that they could not meet on their own.

The four targets are:

  • Target 1

    Define a list of packaging as problematic or unnecessary by 2021 and take measures to eliminate them by 2025.

  • Target 2

    100% of plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

  • Target 3

    Undertake ambitious actions to effectively recycle or compost 50% of plastic packaging by 2025.

  • Target 4

    Achieve an average of 30% recycled or responsibly sourced bio-based content in plastic packaging by 2025.

The Pact aims to ensure that plastics never become waste by eliminating unnecessary plastics, innovating to ensure that the plastics used are reusable, recyclable, or compostable, and circulating all the plastic items used to keep them in the economy and out of the environment.
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