WRAP outlines UK Plastics Pact roadmap

UK’s Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has published the UK Plastics Pact roadmap to 2025, a document highlighting key actions businesses should take to help curb the plastic pollution.

The actions, published 15 Nov, are in line with the targets of the UK Plastics Pact which was launched in April with the aim of tackling the issue of plastic waste through collaboration across the entire supply chain.

The pact, led by WRAP, proposes to eliminate “problematic or unnecessary single-use packaging” through redesign, innovation or alternative (reuse) delivery model. It also aims to make 100% of plastics packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable.

Additionally, the Plastic Pact has set a 70% target for effective recycling or composting of plastics packaging with a view to achieving an average of 30% recycled content across all plastic packaging.

The 68 members of the pact are responsible for 80% of the plastic packaging sold in UK supermarkets, and half of all packaging placed on the market.

The roadmap published by WRAP outlines key activities that could be taken by all parts of the supply chain to deliver on all four of the targets.

Some of the activities include defining key terms, such as measurement and reporting; recyclability and developing criteria for “problematic & unnecessary” packaging.

The document also urges the pact members to embed targets and interim milestones in their corporate and organisational objectives; review their portfolios to identify opportunities for improvement and initiate partnerships for innovation.

The full document can be reached on the WRAP website.