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Thu 15 Jul 2021 | 06:26 am GMT
Michelle Urquhart | Products of Change Writer

Key aims of the US Plastic Pact

The US Plastics Pact launched its Roadmap to 2025, setting out specific actions, responsibilities, and timeframes towards achieving its targets to create a circular economy for plastic. The US Plastics Pact is a consortium led by The Recycling Partnership and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact Network. It recently unveiled an aggressive national strategy to ensure all plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025. The strategy, titled Roadmap to 2025, is supported by nearly 100 corporations, start-ups, research entities, NGOs, universities, and state and local governments across the plastics packaging value chain and includes mandatory reporting and specific timeframes in order to realise meaningful and targeted outcomes for a circular economy for plastics. “The current state of US infrastructure, coupled with the lack of incentives to utilise recycled content in plastic packaging, have put immense strain on the value chain,” said Emily Tipaldo, executive director, The US Plastics Pact. “The Roadmap is designed to help US industry leaders act on the significant, systemwide change needed to realise a circular economy for plastics by 2025. The time frame is short, and the workload is immense, but if we choose to do nothing, the visions of a circular economy across the US will give way to the status quo. We look forward to working with all our members to drive this critical change.” The Pact, which was formally launched in August 2020, developed the Roadmap to ensure systemic change and accelerate progress toward four specific targets that address plastic waste at its source: - Define a list of packaging to be designated as problematic or unnecessary by 2021 and take measures to eliminate them by 2025. - 100% of plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025. - By 2025, undertake ambitious actions to effectively recycle or compost 50% of plastic packaging. - By 2025, the average recycled content or responsibly sourced bio-based content in plastic packaging will be 30%. Read more about the US Plastic Pact.
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