WRAP applauds progress made by UK Plastics Pact members

Removing black plastic packaging from supermarket shelves and replacing single-use plastic cutlery with recyclable alternatives are just some of the actions taken by members of the UK Plastics Pact over the past year, according to a new report by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

The Pact is a voluntary agreement established in April 2018 by WRAP and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) to drive the UK towards a circular economy for plastics. The new report, released on Tuesday (21 May), charts the progress made by signatories from the manufacturing and retail sectors against the Pact’s four targets for 2025, which include eliminating unnecessary single-use plastic, ensuring all plastic packaging is recyclable, reusable or compostable, making sure 70 per cent of packaging is recycled and an average 30 per cent recycled content is used across all plastic packaging.

Manufacturers and retailers have taken a range of actions, including removing black plastic packaging from a range of produce, banning single-use plastic straws and cutlery and increasing communications to encourage consumers to recycle.