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The European Plastics Pact Roadmap – tackling plastic waste across Europe

The European Plastics Pact, which launched in Brussels on 6 March 2020, today publishes the European Plastics Pact Roadmap to direct and drive forward urgent action by the 143 signatories, across 20 countries. This ambitious Roadmap will help signatories develop cross-border connections and share innovations that harmonise and accelerate the Europe-wide development of a circular economy for plastics, and significantly reduce the huge challenge of plastic wastage and littering.

The was established by the Netherlands, France and Denmark to establish a public-private coalition specifically to tackle the challenges of creating a circular economy for plastics and packaging. It comprises of 15 national governments, 82 businesses, 3 regional governments and 43 other organisations, including business/trade associations and NGOs. The European Plastics Pact is part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's global Plastics Pact network, working towards a common vision of a circular economy for plastic, in which it never becomes waste or pollution.

The European Plastics Pact covers all plastic packaging and single-use plastics products consumed in European Economic Area, and in the Member States of the European Free Trade Association, regardless of place of production. Its actions cover Governments, businesses, the recycling sector and citizens. It will prioritise and coordinate activities through working groups, with the expectation that each stakeholder embeds the Roadmap within their organisation to align it with their own targets and policies. 

In total, 51.2 million tonnes of plastic was used in Europe in 2018. Forty per cent of this was packaging, and 1.5 million tonnes of plastic waste was exported in 2019.


Publication date: 16/12/2020


This project has been co-funded with the support of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Union [LIFE17 ENV/ES/000438] Life programme

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