So far, in addition to Spain, other 12 European countries have joined this initiative – including the Netherlands, France, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Greece, Sweden, Portugal, Finland, Slovenia, Lithuania, Latvia – as well as 90 multinationals and associations, and more accessions are expected in the coming weeks.
This initiative sets four measurable objectives for the year 2025 and will act on all plastics used in single-use containers and products placed on the market in the European Economic Area. These four objectives are:
- Design all plastic containers and disposable plastic products placed on the market so that they are reusable as much as possible, and that in all cases they are recyclable in 2025.
- Walk towards a more responsible use of plastic containers and single-use plastic products, with the aim of reducing virgin plastic products and packaging by at least 20% (by weight) by 2025, with half of this reduction from an absolute reduction of plastics.
- Increase the capacity of collection, classification and recycling of all plastics used in containers and plastic products of a single use by at least 25% by 2025 and reach a quality standard of the entire recycling process appropriate to the demand for plastic recycling.
- Promote the use of recycled plastics in new products and packaging as much as possible by 2025, and that companies that use plastics achieve an average of at least 30% of recycled plastics (by weight) in their range of products and packaging.
The Pact has been promoted by France and the Netherlands and is inspired by the work on the New Economy of Plastics of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
The signatories undertake to support the Pact, recognizing their different roles in the value chain and their different responsibilities as plastic production and recycling companies; plastic consumer companies; collection and classification companies; National governments of countries within the European Economic Area or other support organizations (civil society organizations, regional and local authorities, business associations, technology service providers, knowledge institutions, or Extended Responsibility Systems). The European Commission will participate as an observer.
Combat plastic pollution worldwide
The Pact is linked to a global network of Plastics Pacts (including South Africa, Malaysia and Chile), led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Program), helping to advance global efforts to combat pollution by plastic