Canada plastics pact launched


Canada most recent country to launch a plastics pact within the Ellen Macarthur Foundation’s global initiative; aims to by 2025 achieve 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable plastic packaging, 50% effective recycle or compost rate, minimum 30% recycled content.

On January 27, 2021, the non-governmental organization Ellen Macarthur Foundation announced that Canada has joined the organization’s Plastic Pact network. The new Canada Plastics Pact has so far received support from over 40 organizations including businesses, government institutions, and NGOs to achieve a set of targets by the year 2025. These include: (i) defining a list of plastic packaging to be designated as problematic or unnecessary and then implement measures to eliminate them, (ii) achieving 100% of plastic packaging to? be designed as reusable, recyclable, or compostable, (iii) ensuring at least 50% of plastic packaging is effectively recycled or composted, and (iv) ensuring an average of at least 30% recycled content by weight across all plastic packaging.

Each plastic pact operates within its host country to bring together stakeholders “who through shared ambition, combined expertise and collaboration create regional and national solutions to plastic waste and pollution.” The US recently launched a plastics pact within the network in August 2020 (FPF reported). Food brands and retailers within the plastic pacts are included in the Food Packaging Forum’s brand and retailer initiatives database.

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Food Packaging Forum, 1 February 2021