South Africa joins Plastics Pact network

A South African Plastics Pact was launched on Thursday (30 January) in Cape Town, with support from the UK’s Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Modelled closely on the UK Plastics Pact, which was launched in April 2018, the South African Plastics Pact comes as the latest move in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Plastics Pact global network, joining the UK, France, Chile and The Netherlands in committing to driving a circular economy for plastic.

Members have committed to achieving four targets by 2025: take action on problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging through redesign, innovation or alternative (re-use) delivery models; 100 per cent of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable; 70 per cent of plastic packaging effectively recycled; and a 30 per cent average recycled content across all plastic packaging.