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Packaging producers

Driving a circular economy for plastic packaging

UK Plastics Pact members are responsible for 85% of plastic packaging sold through UK supermarkets. As packaging producers you have a pivotal role to play in supporting brands and retailers by ensuring that products and packaging are produced to be easily recyclable and so that they meet the needs of the environment, customers and help us achieve our shared vision of a circular economy for plastic packaging. 

Who's signed up?

UK Plastics Pact members are responsible for 85% of plastic packaging sold through UK supermarkets. Find out who's signed up and how you can become involved. 

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What can my business do?

The UK Plastics Pact has four targets to 2025 which all help move us towards a circular economy for plastics in the UK. It is imperative all businesses in the plastics value chain take action, and here are some of the high priority areas that our Pact members are working towards.

  • Eliminating problem plastics

    Eliminate problematic plastics

    Find alternative solutions to remove problematic plastics from your supply chain in line with our Problematic plastics report.

  • Creating a circular economy for flexible plastic packaging

    Flexible plastic packaging roadmap

    A coordinated effort involving the entire value chain is required to fix the system to create a circular economy for flexible plastic packaging. The first step to design packaging that can be recycled and sorted.

  • Design guidance for recyclability of household rigid plastic packaging

    Design for recyclability

    Embed WRAP’s best practice packaging design in your business to strive towards 100% recyclability.

  • Compostable plastic packaging guidance

    When and when not to use compostable packaging

    Read our guidance outlining 6 applications for the use of compostable plastic packaging based on current UK infrastructure.

  • Recyclability of black plastic packaging

    Black plastic packaging hub

    Visit our hub for everything you need to know about the recyclability of black plastic packaging.

Eliminating problem plastics

PVC and Polystyrene

There were initially eight plastic items and materials identified for elimination under The UK Plastics Pact aligned with Target 1. Pact members have made significant progress to eliminate these items by the end of 2020, but challenges still remain around PVC and Polystyrene packaging.

Polystyrene is not recycled in the UK and PVC is a plastic which is problematic when used for and within packaging because it is not recyclable and also contaminates plastic which could otherwise be recycled. Added to this there is little way for citizens to identify it. 

Urgent action is needed to address the issues associated with the use of these materials and find suitable alternatives.

Industry action

Find out what out what actions Pact members have taken in working towards the targets:  

- Redesigning packaging for greater recyclability  

Removing problematic plastic packaging from product portfolios 

Introducing re-use systems

Engaging with citizens to change recycling behaviours

Introducing more recycled content into packaging

Find out more

Driving the agenda forward


Be a champion in your business – Cascade information within your organisation to drive engagement and influence wider business strategy

Be a champion in your industry – Respond to government consultations on changing legislation, advocating for the best outcome in line with achieving a circular economy

Become a member or associate

Become a member or associate

Become a part of the solution – join like minded organisations, collaborating to find solutions to industry challenges through membership of The UK Plastics Pact.

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The UK Plastics Pact Annual Report 2018-19

The UK Plastics Pact annual report

Our annual report details the collective progress of our members and some of the groundbreaking work happening to transform the plastic packaging system in the UK.

Read our report

Your key guidance, reports & tools

Tackling the issues surrounding plastic waste requires a coordinated effort and involves the entire plastics value chain. Learn how you can make the right changes in your business to meet this challenge head on. 

View our selection below or see the comprehensive list here