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The UK Plastics Pact

A world first initiative

What is The UK Plastics Pact?

The UK Plastics Pact brings together businesses from across the entire plastics value chain with UK governments and NGOs to tackle the scourge of plastic waste. We are creating a circular economy for plastics, capturing their value by keeping them in the economy and out of the natural environment.

Pact members will eliminate problematic plastics reducing the total amount of packaging on supermarket shelves, stimulate innovation and new business models and help build a stronger recycling system in the UK. Together we will ensure that plastic packaging is designed so it can be easily recycled and made into new products and packaging and, with the support of governments, ensure consistent UK recycling is met.

The UK Plastics Pact Annual Report 2019/20

Read all the latest progress from our members

Our vision

A world where plastic is valued and doesn't pollute the environment

Who's signed up?

Find out who's signed up and how you can become a member or associate member. 

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We're united behind four targets to 2025

1. Eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use packaging through redesign, innovation or alternative (reuse) delivery model.

2. 100% of plastics packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable.

3. 70% of plastics packaging effectively recycled or composted.

​​​​​​​4. 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging. 

Progress against the targets

Innovative business models, redesigning packaging for greater recyclability, engendering better recycling behaviours amongst citizens, investment in recycling and reprocessing and introducing more recycled content into packaging.
Find out what progress has been made so far by our members

Priority action areas

To achieve The UK Plastics Pact targets it is imperative we address some critical issues and find solutions working in collaboration with the plastics value chain.

  • Flexible plastic packaging

    Flexible plastic represents a quarter of all UK consumer plastic packaging, but only 6% is currently recycled. Urgent action is needed.

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  • Problem plastics

    Eliminating problematic plastics and rethinking and redesigning our plastics so they are more easily recycled.

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  • Designing for recyclability

    Use our polymer choice and recyclability guidance to design packaging fit for the future

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  • Citizen behaviour change

    Hard hitting campaigns, world leading citizen research and insight are transforming recycling behaviours in the UK.

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What can my business do?

What are the key actions your business can take to transform how you make, use, collect, sort, reuse and recycle packaging taking advantage of the many opportunities that exist in a circular economy for plastics.

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Become a member or associate

Become part of the solution. Help your business and your supply chain make the radical system change required to create a world where plastic is valued and doesn’t pollute the environment.

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International work

A global issue

We’re working with partners on Plastics Pacts around the world using The UK Plastics Pact as a blueprint for collaborative change. We’re focusing our international efforts on developing partnerships to deliver change in those countries where the need is greatest, including in South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Latest updates

Find out about the latest developments from The UK Plastics Pact and other initiatives that are helping transform the plastics value chain in the UK and globally. 

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Key reports, guidance and tools

View a selection of our essential guidance and reports on plastics. Or for all our work on plastic packaging click here