Mixed plastic items

European Plastics Pact

The first regional Plastics Pact 

Covering European Economic Area (EEA), The European Plastics Pact  is the first regional Pact to join the growing global Plastics Pact network, as part of The Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy initiative, all working towards a common vision for a circular economy for plastics. 

It will work cross borders to accelerate change towards a circular economy for plastics. 

The European Plastics Pact Roadmap 

Read our Roadmap to see our plan to 2025

The European Plastics Pact has set ambitious common targets:

Target 1- Design all plastic packaging and single-use plastic products placed on the market to be reusable where possible and in any case recyclable by 2025;

Target 2 - Move towards a more responsible use of plastic packaging and single-use plastic products, aiming to reduce virgin plastic products and packaging by at least 20% (by weight) by 2025, with half of this reduction coming from an absolute reduction in plastics;

Target 3 - Increase the collection, sorting and recycling capacity by at least 25 percentage points by 2025 and reach a level that corresponds to market demand for recycled plastics;

Target 4 - Increase the use of recycled plastics in new products and packaging by 2025, with plastics user companies achieving an average of at least 30% recycled plastics (by weight) in their product and packaging range.

WRAP are the secretariat for the Pact, providing day-to-day management, resources and governance structure required to co-ordinate and run the Pact as well as being the focal point for its 114 members including 17 governments and more than 70 companies.

We support the technical working groups which tackle pressing cross-border issues in order to facilitate quicker progress towards a circular economy for plastic in Europe. We will monitor and track progress of the Pact against its targets.

There are five working groups;

  1. Reusability and recyclability
  2. Responsible use of plastics
  3. Collection, sorting and recycling
  4. Use of recycled plastics
  5. Monitoring and reporting

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