European Plastics Pact

On the 6th of March the European Plastics Pact was launched.

In 2017, Europe produced nearly 65 million tonnes of plastic, 40 percent of which is used for packaging. Only 30 percent of plastic products and packaging is currently recycled in Europe.

Last year, Dutch Minister of Environment Van Veldhoven already made agreements with Dutch companies and environmental organizations about plastic products and packaging. Together with her French and Danish colleagues, she then worked to conclude an agreement at European level. These agreements were made with governments, large companies, plastic producers and waste processors.


The problems associated with plastic wastage and pollution are increasingly attracting the attention of the public, governments and businesses around the world. Many have already taken action. Among them those who have already signed European Plastic Pact launched today, 6 March 2020. Those who have not signed yet, we would like to invite, especially plastics producing, using, collecting, sorting and recycling companies and front running organizations to commit themselves (by 2025) to:

Reusability and recyclability:

  • Design all plastic packaging and single-use plastic products placed on the market to be reusable where possible and in any case recyclable by 2025;
  • Responsible use of plastics:
  • Move towards a more responsible use of plastic packaging and single-use plastic products, aiming to reduce virgin plastic products and packaging by at least 20% (by weight) by 2025, with half of this reduction coming from an absolute reduction in plastics;
  • Collection, sorting and recycling:
  • Increase the collection, sorting and recycling capacity by at least 25 percentage points by 2025 and reach a level that corresponds to market demand for recycled plastics;
  • Use of recycled plastics:
    Increase the use of recycled plastics in new products and packaging by 2025, with plastics using companies achieving an average of at least 30% recycled plastics (by weight) in their product and packaging range.

You want to participate and have your progress monitored and reported? Sign in at, the first working groups have started.