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Plastics Pact network expands with US launch

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation Plastics Pact network has expanded with the launch of the US Plastics Pact at Circularity20 (an online event that aims to accelerate the circular economy).

The Pact is led by The Recycling Partnership, with the support of the World Wildlife Fund.

More than 60 signatories have united behind a common vision for a circular economy for plastic, including businesses, government agencies, NGOs, universities, trade bodies, and investors. The members of the first Plastics Pact in North America, aim to:

  • Define a list of plastic packaging to be designated as problematic or unnecessary by 2021, and take measures to eliminate them by 2025
  • Ensure all plastic packaging will be 100 per cent reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025
  • Undertake ambitious actions to effectively recycle or compost 50 per cent of plastic packaging by 2025
  • Ensure the average proportion of recycled content or responsibly-sourced bio-based content in plastic packaging reaches 30 per cent by 2025

Progress against these targets will be reported publicly on an annual basis.

The US Plastics Pact joins other international Pacts as well as the regional European Plastics Pact as members of the global Plastics Pact Network led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Ambitious agenda

This platform drives ambitious action towards a common vision for a circular economy for plastics, exchanging insights and best practices across countries and regions to accelerate the transition.

According to Ellen MacArthur Foundation New Plastics Economy Lead Sander Defruyt, “This is an exciting step on the journey towards a circular economy for plastic in the US, one that keeps plastic in the economy and out of the environment.

“This effort will not only help to create solutions in the U.S, but across the world, as part of our global network of Plastics Pacts. We are looking forward to working with all those involved to drive real change, by eliminating problematic and unnecessary plastic items, innovating to ensure all plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable, or compostable, and circulating it in practice. We encourage others to join us on this journey towards a United States free of plastic waste and pollution.”

The Recycling Partnership VP of Circular Ventures, Sarah Dearman added that, “Together through the US Plastics Pact, we will ignite systems change to accelerate progress toward a circular economy.

“As the lead organization that engages the full supply chain to advance circularity in the U.S., it’s a natural fit for The Recycling Partnership to further collaborative action with other industry leaders to create substantial, long-lasting change for the betterment of our planet. The results from the U.S. Plastics Pact’s efforts to advance packaging, improve recycling, and reduce plastic waste will benefit the entire system and all materials.”