Plastics in Africa

Developing Global Plastics Pacts

North America

Canada and the U.S.

The Canada Plastics Pact (CPP) 

Canada Plastics Pact worked with WRAP to deliver a ground-breaking industry wide action plan to address plastic waste.

On the 21 October the Canada Plastics Pact announced the official launch of their Roadmap to deliver their Pact targets. Initially, WRAP helped provide strategic advice to the Canadian team to finalise the Plastic Pact which was launched in January 2021 and then to support in the development of their Roadmap launched in October 2021.  In Canada, WRAP worked with The Natural Step, National Zero Waste Council of Canada and other partners to produce their ambitious strategic Roadmap.

Over 70 leading businesses, organizations, and governments in Canada have come together to release the ambitious action plan to eliminate plastic waste. Their Roadmap to 2025 will be a shared action plan to build a circular economy for plastics packaging and represents unprecedented cross-value chain collaboration, uniting key players behind a shared vision for a circular economy for plastics packaging in Canada and a targeted plan to drive tangible change by 2025.

Canada were the 10th country to join the Global Plastics Pact network of 12 as part of The Ellen MacArthur Foundations New Plastics Economy initiative, all working towards a common vision for a circular economy for plastics.

Discover more about the CPP and their plans 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. 

Our work in Kenya

With only 8% of plastic recycled in Kenya, urgent action is needed. Kenya becomes the 12th country to join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's global Plastics Pact Network and WRAP are working alongside our international partners providing strategic support.

Read more about the Kenya Plastics Pact
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.

India Plastics Pact

India has become the first Plastics Pact to launch on the Asia continent. Launched in September 2021 the Pact brings together leading businesses at a national level and stakeholders from across the sector to work towards four ambitious and measurable targets to create a circular system for plastics.

The India Plastics Pact

The India Plastics Pact has been developed by WWF India and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). It is supported by WRAP as strategic partners with funding by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and Stewart Investors.

Discover more

Other international plastics initiatives

Malaysia

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

Support

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