Plastics Pact Network

This Action aligns with the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Plastics

1. Agree which plastics can be eliminated and prepare the market to phase them out  

4. Stimulate consumer adoption of plastic reuse

6. Set-up functioning collection systems    



The New Plastics Economy, initiated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, has set out a vision for a circular economy for plastics, whose realization will require unprecedented levels of collaboration, both globally and at national and regional levels, to work towards solutions tailored to each and every local context.  


In this spirit, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Plastics Pact Network aims to bring together businesses from across the plastics system, governments, NGOs and others in the national and regional (multi-country) context to implement solutions towards a circular economy for plastic, tailored to each geography. These solutions could relate, for instance, to the following areas: 

  • Eliminate unnecessary and problematic plastic packaging through redesign and innovation.  

  • Move from single-use to reuse where relevant 

  • Ensure all plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable, or compostable 

  • Increase the reuse, collection, and recycling or composting of plastic packaging 

  • Increase recycled content in plastic packaging 


Each pact is led by a local partner organisation, and has set specific, ambitious plastics' circular economy targets, reporting on progress every year. 



To date, pacts are covering 27 countries across North America, South America, Europe, Africa and the Pacific, all working towards a common vision of a circular economy for plastics. 



The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, The Governments of Canada, Chile, the Netherlands, South Africa and WRAP. 

A full list of participating Plastics Pacts, their targets and organisations involved can be found here