Resources

Guide
15 July 2024

Galvanising the entire plastics value chain around a common roadmap for flexible plastic packaging. 

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Eliminating problem plastics
  • The UK Plastics Pact
  • Plastic packaging design
  • Global Plastics Pacts
  • Film and flexible packaging
  • Waste management and end markets
Sector:
  • Hospitality and food service
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
  • Packaging producers
  • Trade associations
  • National government and departments
Report
24 April 2024

Six years in, we are reflecting on the impact and progress of the Plastics Pacts Network, featuring lessons learned in demonstrating action to combat waste and plastic pollution.

Our Plastics Pacts - Scaling impact executive summary highlights the hero messages from our full report that will be available in August.

Download the executive summary

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Eliminating problem plastics
  • Plastic packaging design
  • Global Plastics Pacts
  • Film and flexible packaging
Report
24 October 2023

The 2022 Plastics Market Situation report updates on the amount of plastic packaging Placed On the Market (POM), collection rates, recycling rates, and provides an update on key developments over the past few years highlighting the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Key themes: 
  • Fall in plastic packaging placed on the market
  • Movement away from rigid plastic packaging towards lightweight and flexible plastics in the consumer sector.  
  • Domestic recycling of plastic has increased to 53%.
  • Planned recycling capacity increases will be a boost but will still fall well below current levels of plastic packaging consumption.  
  • Collection rates are improving for plastic packaging with more flexible plastic, rigid plastics, plastic bottles and PTTs being collected at kerbside. 
Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • The UK Plastics Pact
  • Plastic packaging design
  • Global Plastics Pacts
  • Film and flexible packaging
  • Waste management and end markets
  • Market situation reports
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
  • Packaging producers
  • National government and departments
  • Non-governmental organisations
Report
25 July 2023

The project demonstrated the potential to revolutionise waste recycling in a range of countries taking AI technology used in Europe,  and using it in the developing world.

Initiatives:
  • Eliminating problem plastics
  • Plastic packaging design
  • Global Plastics Pacts
  • Film and flexible packaging
  • Waste management and end markets
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
Report
25 July 2023

Indian company Dalmia, working in partnership with Interface, aimed to demonstrate that through mechanical recycling, single-use plastic waste, destined for landfill or incineration, could be turned in to high value applications such as injection moulded car components and packaging. 

Initiatives:
  • Eliminating problem plastics
  • Plastic packaging design
  • Global Plastics Pacts
  • Film and flexible packaging
  • Waste management and end markets
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Packaging producers
Report
25 July 2023

New legislation in Chile to ban single use plastics has led to the food service industry seeking alternatives.  

This project trialled and tested consumer attitudes and market appetite for a compostable sachet and pipet. 

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Plastic packaging design
  • Global Plastics Pacts
  • Film and flexible packaging
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Waste management and reprocessors
Report
25 July 2023

Read how the project helped improve the collection and use of low value plastics such as flexible film packets in the Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. 

Discover how circular waste management practices can contribute to sustainable development. 

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Global Plastics Pacts
  • Waste management and end markets
Sector:
  • Waste management and reprocessors
Report
21 July 2023

The project has optimised the process which puts waste milk back into high grade products like shampoo sachets.  

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Eliminating problem plastics
  • Plastic packaging design
  • Global Plastics Pacts
  • Film and flexible packaging
  • Waste management and end markets
Sector:
  • Hospitality and food service
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Waste management and reprocessors
Report
15 March 2023
Initiatives:
  • Eliminating problem plastics
  • The UK Plastics Pact
  • Plastic packaging design
  • Global Plastics Pacts
  • Reuse and refill
  • Film and flexible packaging
  • Food and drink
  • Reducing and preventing food waste
  • Courtauld Commitment
  • Food Waste Reduction Roadmap
  • Fresh produce sector
  • Household food waste
  • Behaviour change interventions
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
Report
13 December 2022

A review of plastic waste management practices, life cycle assessments, challenges and opportunities

This report provides an overview of current waste management practices for plastic waste in the UK and critically reviews end of life plastic waste life cycle assessments to highlight best practice waste management methods. The report further identifies challenges and potential solutions to help move UK plastic waste up the waste hierarchy.

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Eliminating problem plastics
  • The UK Plastics Pact
  • Global Plastics Pacts
  • Waste management and end markets
  • Re-use and recycling
Webinar
8 December 2022

In order to implement a real circular economy, we need to change the way we produce, consume and dispose of our products. The Accelerator Session ‘Plastics: from a linear problem to circular solutions’ will be delivered in collaboration by WRAP, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the World Bank on the 8th December under the frame of the 2022 World Circular Economy Forum (6th-8th December 2022) held in Kigali, Rwanda. This remote Accelerator Session will focus on the much-discussed issue of plastics, showing new data about the effect of plastic waste mismanagement and discussing the actions that many stakeholders and innovators are taking to explore and implement solutions.

Initiatives:
  • Global Plastics Pacts
Report
1 December 2022

Through The UK Plastics Pact we are redesigning the plastics system, working across the entire plastics value chain to reduce its climate impact, by stopping plastic waste, and the harmful emissions of new plastic production, keeping the material in the economy and out of the environment.

We are over halfway to The UK Plastics Pact targets and our 2021-22 annual report gives an honest appraisal of progress and challenges. 

Initiatives:
  • Eliminating problem plastics
  • The UK Plastics Pact
  • Plastic packaging design
  • Global Plastics Pacts
  • Reuse and refill
  • Film and flexible packaging
  • Waste management and end markets
  • Collections & recycling
  • Consistency in collections
  • Contamination prevention
  • Collections and sorting
  • Kerbside collection
  • Re-use
  • Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
  • Market situation reports
Sector:
  • Hospitality and food service
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
  • Packaging producers
  • Trade associations
  • National government and departments
  • Non-governmental organisations