The UK Plastics Pact Annual Report 2022-23

The UK Plastics Pact
Annual Report 2022-23

Five years into the world leading initiative tackling plastic pollution. How has The UK Plastics Pact progressed towards its 2025 targets? What are the challenges ahead? How are the collective actions of Pact members inspiring global action on plastic pollution?

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Progress and perspective...

WRAP’s CEO Harriet Lamb and Sander Defruyt, lead of The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Plastics Initiative share their perspectives on progress in the UK, the hurdles to overcome and the role of legally binding, ambitious global policy on plastic pollution.

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2022 data at a glance

From the launch of the Pact in 2018 with 40 founding members to close to 200 members in 2022. Pact members are responsible for over 75% of all consumer plastic packaging placed on the market in the UK. Their actions have a significant impact.

Aggregated Pact member data for 2022:  

  • Target 1: 99.6% reduction in problematic plastic items.   
  • Target 2: 71% of plastic packaging is recyclable.  
  • Target 3: 55% of plastic packaging is effectively recycled or composted.   
  • Target 4: 24% average recycled content levels in plastic packaging. 

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Member case studies.

Learn from business leaders who are demonstrating the fast, practical action possible in transforming our plastics system, through The UK Plastics Pact. 

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2025 targets: What’s required?

Reaching Targets 2 and 3 will not be possible but this is not reason to slow down. What actions will Pact members need to take to get as close to the 2025 targets as possible?  

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2025 and beyond: The opportunity.

With work underway to consider a successor agreement to The UK Plastics Pact, what does the future look like beyond 2025? Public / private partnerships like The UK Plastics Pact can help businesses move at pace and ahead of legislation. Join us to shape the future of the Pact and tackle plastic waste and pollution in your business.  

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