Helping to accelerate collective action to increase the circularity of plastic packaging
Plastic packaging remains an integral part of the global economy. However, the vast majority of packaging products used today includes materials that make recycling very difficult or impossible, contributing to plastic waste ending up in natural spaces.
This workstream is working to align a critical mass of companies behind common packaging design guidelines and principles for flexible and rigid materials.
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes are a policy tool which aim to hold producers accountable for the end-of-life impact of their plastic products and packaging. Around the globe, many governments and policy makers are rolling out EPR schemes, whose differing structures and commitments often result in duplication and misalignment.
Our workstream is working to help governments understand the industry view on EPR programmes and promote harmonisation by developing an aligned framework for optimal and fair EPR schemes.
In recent years, chemical recycling has emerged as a potential solution to the issues surrounding the end-of-life disposal of plastics, which could effectively complement mechanical recycling in achieving a circular economy.
Our workstream is working to scale up advanced recycling, especially for flexible packaging. It also engages with key stakeholders to ensure broad support and send a strong demand signal for advanced recycling to investors and upstream suppliers.
Country-specific workstreams will be developed in mature and transitional markets to support the implementation of optimal waste management systems on the ground. This commitment will include launching national-level pilots to test the combination of different collection models in order to optimise recycling systems, protect natural spaces, and support the livelihoods of formal and informal waste workers.