US Plastics Pact releases national strategy

Latest News 2021-06-15

The U.S. Plastics Pact, a consortium led by The Recycling Partnership and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundations global Plastics Pact Network, has released a 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, startups, research entities and nongovernmental organizations across the plastics packaging value chain, as well as by state and local governments. According to a news release from The Recycling Partnership, the strategy includes mandatory reporting and specific time frames to realize targeted outcomes for a circular economy for plastics.

The U.S. Plastics Pact, which was formally launched in August 2020, developed the road map to ensure systemic change and accelerate progress toward four specific targets that address plastic scrap:


  1. defining a list of packaging to be designated as problematic or unnecessary by 2021 and take measures to eliminate them by 2025;
  2. ensuring 100 percent of plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025;
  3. undertaking actions to effectively recycle or compost 50 percent of plastic packaging by 2025; and
  4. ensuring the average recycled content or responsibly sourced bio-based content in plastic packaging is at 30 percent by 2025.

In issuing "Roadmap to 2025," the U.S. Plastics Pact and its signatories will approach each of these 2025 targets by supporting upstream innovation through an ecosystem of coordinated stakeholder initiatives.


Source: recycling today