WRAP launches Plastics Pact to tackle plastic waste across supply chain

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The UK Plastics Pact aims to create a circular economy for plastics

Sustainability experts WRAP has launched a Plastics Pact to bring businesses across the supply chain together to tackle plastic waste.

So far 42 businesses including Coca-Cola EP, Nestle and Britvic have signed up to the pact, which is the first of its kind in the world.

These members are responsible for over 80% of the plastic packaging on products sold in UK supermarkets.

The pact has set a series of targets to reach by 2025 including eliminating problematic or unnecessary single-use packaging, and making 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable.

Further down the chain, targets were also set for 70% of plastic packaging to be effectively recycled or composted and 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging.

Marcus Gover, WRAP CEO, said: “We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rethink and reshape the future of plastic so that we retain its value, and curtail the damage plastic waste wreaks on our planet.

“This requires a wholescale transformation of the plastics system and can only be achieved by bringing together all links in the chain under a shared commitment to act.”

The pact is planned to be replicated in other countries to form a movement as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative.

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