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The Canadian Plastics Pact aims to improve the use of recycled content in plastic packaging in Canada.
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Organizations form Canada Plastics Pact

The new pact aims to ensure at least 30 percent recycled content by weight is used in plastic packaging in Canada by 2025.

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January 27, 2021

Businesses, nongovernmental organizations and government agencies have united to form the Canada Plastics Pact (CPP) to address plastic waste and pollution. According to a news release from CPP, the pact brings together more than 40 partners representing various parts of the plastics value chain to work toward 2025 goals to reduce plastic pollution.

CPP says it will enable companies across the Canadian plastics value chain to collaborate. The group will build on work that has already been underway to reduce plastic pollution. Partners will rethink the way they design, use and reuse plastics by 2025.

CPP says it plans to target plastic packaging first since 47 percent of plastic pollution comes from packaging. The organization says it will work to eliminate plastics that aren’t necessary and innovate to ensure that plastics that are needed are reusable, recyclable or compostable. The following are some of CPP’s targets:

  • define a list of plastic packaging that is to be designated as problematic or unnecessary and take measures to eliminate them by 2025;
  • support efforts toward 100 percent of plastic packaging being designed to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025;
  • undertake actions to ensure that at least 50 percent of plastic packaging is recycled or composted by 2025; and
  • ensure an average of at least 30 percent recycled content is used in plastic packaging by weight by 2025.

“Joining together through the CPP is a diverse group of leaders from across Canada’s plastics value chain,” says David Hughes, CEO, The Natural Step Canada, the host organization of the CPP. “While I am impressed by their genuine commitment to achieving a zero plastic waste economy, it is their willingness to break down barriers between each other to scale truly innovative solutions that I find most inspiring.”

CPP is part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Plastics Pact network, a globally aligned response to plastic pollution.

“By setting clear 2025 targets and working together to achieve them, businesses and policymakers in the Canada Plastics Pact have taken an important step on the journey to a circular economy for plastic, in which it never becomes waste or pollution,” says Sonja Wegge, plastics pact program manager at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. “We are delighted to welcome the Canada Plastics Pact in our growing global network of Pacts and hope to see many other organizations unite behind the vision of a circular economy for plastic that has already brought together more than 1,000 organizations worldwide through our New Plastics Economy initiative.”