WRAP publish second annual progress report of the UK’s Plastics Pact and updated Roadmap to 2025

On 8th December 2020 the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) published the second annual progress report of the UK Plastics Pact and the updated Roadmap to 2025.

Marcus Gover, CEO of WRAP, describes The Pact as aiming “to create a world where plastic never becomes waste”. This progress report, for the first time, indicates progress made towards The Pact’s 4 targets.

The targets for 2025 are:
* eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use packaging through redesign, innovation or alternative (reuse) delivery models,
* 100 % of plastics packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable,
* 70 % of plastics packaging effectively recycled or composted, and
* 30 % average recycled content across all plastic packaging.

Responding to WRAP’s late summer consultation on ‘whether the term compostable should be removed from the headline targets’, the REA and REAL called for it to be retained and are pleased to see it has.  The REA also responded to WRAP’s more recent consultation on updating the Roadmap to 2025 and it is good to see there has been some progression with how compostables are covered in key outcomes, key activities, challenges and potential solutions relevant to the second and third targets.

The UK Plastics Pact Annual Report 2019 – 2020 can be read here.

The WRAP press release can be read here.

The UK Plastics Pact Roadmap to 2025 can be read here.