Plastics in Africa

Developing Global Plastics Pacts

North America

Canada and the U.S.

The Canada Plastics Pact (CPP) 

The Canada Plastics Pact which launched 27 January 2021 unites different players in the Canadian plastics value chain to rethink the way plastic packaging is designed, used, and reused to realise a circular economy for plastic in Canada. 30 organisations are currently signed as members of the Pact.

Canada becomes the 10th country to join the Global Plastics Pact network as part of The Ellen MacArthur Foundations New Plastics Economy initiative, all working towards a common vision for a circular economy for plastics.

In Canada we are working with The Natural Step, National Zero Waste Council of Canada and other partners and will be supporting them to produce their Roadmap.

Discover more about the CPP here

The U.S Plastics Pact 

The work in Canada complements the United States Plastics Pact which launched in 2020. In the U.S. we are working 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 Roadmap in collaboration with all members and supporters. This is due to be published in April.

Discover more about the U.S. Plastics Pact here

Across Africa

Building on the success of The UK Plastics Pact and the South African Plastics Pact we are working with the MAVA Foundation and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to develop plastics pacts in Senegal, Morocco and Kenya while continuing to support the lead organisation, Green Cape with the South Africa Plastics Pact.

We are identifying independent organisations in Senegal, Morocco and Kenya and along with WWF Kenya and Dalberg we will test and adapt the successful plastics pact model to bring together government and industry in each country to agree stretching targets for reducing plastic waste and creating a circular economy.

  • Ghana - WRAP will be partnering with World Economic Forum and other partners in the Ghana National Plastics Action Partnership to tackle plastic waste in Ghana.

  • Kenya - WRAP is working with Defra, Mava Foundation, Ellen MacArthur Foundation and local partners Sustainable Inclusive Business (SIB) to develop a Kenya Plastics Pact. Launch is scheduled for mid-2021.

South Africa

Defra has co-funded WRAP’s support to the South Africa Plastics Pact. The South Africa Plastics Pact launched in January 2020 and is going from strength to strength with over 25 major business members, five working groups, projects on the informal waste sector and reuse.   

Regional collaboration

Fiji, Vanuata and Samoa

Small island nations are particularly susceptible to plastic produced elsewhere and delivered to the islands where it enters the environment as waste.

Regional collaboration is key to addressing this.

We are, in partnership with the Commonwealth Clean Ocean Alliance, Commonwealth Marine Litter Programme and Defra supporting the islands of Fiji, Vanuata and Samoa to participate in the regional Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Plastics Pact (ANZPac), developed by APCO (Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation) and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

This work gives the islands a chance to influence what plastic arrives on their shores and identify ways for the plastic waste to be economically collected and recycled either locally or at a central hub.

WRAP is providing support and assistance from the British High Commission in Fiji, Samoa and Vanuata as part of a commitment to tackling plastic waste throughout the Commonwealth.

Other international Plastics initiatives


WRAP has been funded by Defra to support the government and businesses of Malaysia to develop a collaborative agreement to tackle plastic waste. Based on The UK Plastic Pact model, the Malaysia Sustainable Plastic Alliance (MaSPA) will bring together stakeholders from across sectors to create a circular economy for plastics in Malaysia.

Learn more here


UK Research and Investment (UKRI) are partnering with WRAP to develop and deliver a Plastics Pact in India. UKRI will invest £250,000 in the project.

Despite the significant challenges of plastics pollution in Asia and SE Asia, there are no Plastics Pacts yet fully launched, and so a Plastics Pact in India could be the first in the whole Asia region and act as a beacon for other countries in the region to learn from and replicate.

WRAP is finalising the selection of a respected Indian partner to work with and will then engage with major Indian companies to explore the scope, targets and priorities for an Indian Plastics Pact. The aim is to launch a Pact in 2021.


Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office

WRAP has benefited from enormous support from the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office teams in British High Commissions and Embassies around the world. FCDO teams have excellent connections with policy makers and businesses and have been instrumental in introducing WRAP to key stakeholders in each plastics pact country.

Our Plastics Pact initiatives