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Our 2025 Targets


By joining the U.S. Plastics Pact, activators agree to collectively deliver against these four action items:



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



By 2025, all plastic packaging is 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%

Why is the U.S. Plastics Pact needed?

Although there are existing and impactful efforts underway addressing the plastics challenge in the United States, coordinating these efforts is essential to exponentially accelerate progress. The U.S. Plastics Pact will create a unified national framework for a circular economy for plastic; creating structure, coherence, aligned goals and associated reporting. We must act boldly in collaboration and quickly adapt or change course as we work together to meet our ultimate goal to reduce plastic waste by creating a circular economy for plastic in which it never becomes waste or pollution.

  • Infrastructure, policy, education, access, design, and supply and demand will not be as effective if we do not unite behind a national strategy. Our individual actions alone will not achieve these targets. We must act boldly and be okay with having to quickly adapt or change course as we work together.
  • The targets are ambitious. We must aim high with clear, concrete definitions and an understanding of what the real, achievable needs are along the way to 2025. The need is now so the timeframe to accomplish these targets is short and the workload is immense, but we also realize that if we choose to do nothing, the vision of a circular economy across the U.S. will give way to the status quo.
  • The U.S. Plastics Pact will lead the way for all materials. This collaborative can serve as a model for a circular economy future in our country where all materials are carefully thought of as resources, and actions are taken to prevent unnecessary waste. We cannot do this without a unified voice of governments, companies, suppliers, re-processors, haulers, MRFs, NGOs, academia, and consumers.

What does it mean to be an Activator of the U.S. Plastics Pact?

Your participation signals to other companies, the federal government, voters, and consumers that our country cannot wait any longer to take real action on waste management, the prevention of marine debris, and climate change. The power of this Pact is the strength of collective action.

Q: What is the benefit to my organization of joining the Pact?

A: Being a part of the Pact is a way to:

  • Make progress toward the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment through collaborative action
  • Benefit from the knowledge of other organizations
  • Advise on national goals, roadmaps and outcomes
  • Drive better coordination of existing activities to maximize current and future investments
  • Be recognized as a leader in support of national Plastics Pact goals

Q: If I sign up to the U.S. Plastics Pact, what will my money be put toward? 

A: By signing up for the Pact, you will provide funding to be used by the organizers of the U.S. Plastics Pact, The Recycling Partnership and the World Wildlife Fund, to:

  • Establish the national strategy to address plastic waste
  • Develop the roadmap to achieve the national targets including undertaking research
  • Collaborate with existing relevant initiatives in the U.S. to establish a formalized network
  • Leverage learnings, best practices and approaches from other Pacts
  • Setup workstreams and oversee their activities
  • Develop communications in recognition of efforts
  • Produce annual public reports on accomplishments

Q: My company already funds The Recycling Partnership and/or the World Wildlife Fund ReSource Plastic initiative. Does that mean I’m automatically a member of the Pact?

A: No. This is a separate initiative administered by The Recycling Partnership and World Wildlife Fund with unique goals and work. Activators of the U.S. Plastics Pact must join to support the national strategy, roadmap and reporting. Those efforts are separate from The Recycling Partnership and WWF’s current activities. Continuing to support action-oriented activities, such as The Recycling Partnership, WWF and others, as part of the workstreams is critical to making progress toward the targets.

Note: Each U.S. Plastics Pact participant must comply with applicable federal and state antitrust laws.  This includes not engaging in discussions or sharing of information related to pricing, customers, the ways in which participants compete in the marketplace or any other topic prohibited by applicable antitrust rules and regulations — particularly prices and factors that affect prices, but also subjects such as disaggregated costs, customers, products offered, strategic or business plans and projections.  In addition, in accordance with applicable federal and state antitrust laws, we remind you that each participant must make independent, unilateral decisions with respect to U.S. Plastics Pact matters.

For more information, download our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us at takeaction@usplasticspact.org

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