Leading retailers and manufacturers sign up to the UK Plastics Pact

More than 40 companies have signed up to a pact that aims to cut plastic pollution over the next seven years.

The firms, which include Coca-Cola and Asda, have promised to honour a number of pledges that include eliminating single-use packaging through better design.

They have joined the government, trade associations and campaigners to form the UK Plastics PactThe signatories are responsible for more than 80% of plastic packaging on products sold through UK supermarkets.

The set of pledges to tackle plastic pollution over the next seven years include:

  • Eliminate difficult or unnecessary single-use plastic packaging through better design
  • Make 100% of plastic packaging reusable or recyclable or compostable
  • Ensure that 70% of plastic packaging is recycled or composted
  • 30% of all plastic packaging to include recycled materials.

The UK Plastics Pact is the national implementation by UK charity WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme), of The Plastics Pact, which is supported by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Source: BBC News, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43901328

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