The U.S. Plastics Pact

The U.S. Plastics Pact will bring together businesses, government entities, nongovernmental organizations, researchers, and other stakeholders who will work collectively toward a common vision of a circular economy for plastics, as outlined by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy. This vision aims to ensure that plastics never become waste by eliminating the plastics we don’t need, innovating to ensure that the plastics we do need are reusable, recyclable, or compostable, and circulating all the plastic items we use to keep them in the economy and out of the environment.

United Toward a Common Vision

By bringing together all stakeholders and driving collaborative action, the U.S. Plastics Pact will deliver a step change toward a circular economy,  enabling companies and governments in the U.S. to collectively meet impactful goals by 2025 that they could not meet on their own.  Public-private led collaboration can help address the massive undertaking needed to change the U.S. systems that produce, use, recover, and process plastics with solution-driven actions. This collaboration is why The Recycling Partnership and World Wildlife Fund are leading the development of a U.S. Plastics Pact to join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact network.

The Pact aims to reduce the use of non-renewable virgin plastics through the following four targets for plastics packaging:


Define a list of plastic packaging to be designated as problematic or unnecessary by 2021 and take measures to eliminate them by 2025.


By 2025, all plastic packaging will be 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable.

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Undertake ambitious actions to effectively recycle or compost 50% of plastic packaging by 2025.


By 2025, the average recycled content or responsibly-sourced bio-based content in plastic packaging will be 30%.

Power in Numbers

Your membership in the U.S. Plastics Pact signals to other companies, the federal government, and consumers that our country cannot wait any longer to take real action on climate change, the prevention of marine debris, and waste management. The power of this Pact is the strength of collective action on the ground in communities, businesses, retail, and through purposefully designed transformative national legislation.

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