PepsiCo UK has taken an ambitious step towards tackling plastic pollution by joining the UK Plastics Pact.

The pact, launched by sustainability experts WRAP, is a world-first which aims to transform the plastic packaging system in the UK and keep plastic in the economy and out of the environment. It is a unique collaboration which brings together businesses from across the entire plastics system with UK governments and NGOs to help tackle plastic pollution.  

PepsiCo UK has come together with 41 other businesses, including food, drink and non-food brands, manufacturers and retailers, plastic reprocessors and packaging suppliers behind a common set of ambitious targets for 2025 to:

  • Eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use plastic packaging through redesign, innovation or alternative (re-use) delivery models.
  • 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable
  • 70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled or composted
  • 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging

PepsiCo is focused on leaving a positive imprint on society and the environment through its Performance with Purpose programme. You can learn more about our ambitions and achievements here http://www.pepsico.com/sustainability/performance-with-purpose

Ian Ellington, General Manager, PepsiCo UK: “The UK Plastics Pact will drive collaboration to address the complex challenge of tackling plastics waste. PepsiCo is already allocating significant resources in pursuit of its commitment to 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable packaging across our product portfolio by 2025. We look forward to continuing to share and learn with other leaders in this space, working with government, WRAP and its partners to build a circular economy for plastics.”

Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, said: “Our ambition to eliminate avoidable plastic waste will only be realised if government, businesses and the public work together. Industry action can prevent excess plastic reaching our supermarket shelves in the first place.

“I am delighted to see so many businesses sign up to this pact and I hope others will soon follow suit.”

WRAP CEO, Marcus Gover, said: “Together, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rethink and reshape the future of plastic so that we retain its value, and curtail the damage plastic waste wreaks on our planet. This requires a wholescale transformation of the plastics system and can only be achieved by bringing together all links in the chain under a shared commitment to act. That is what makes the UK Plastics Pact unique.  It unites every body, business and organisation with a will to act on plastic pollution. We will never have a better time to act, and together we can.”

Ellen MacArthur, founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, said: “We are delighted to launch this pioneering national implementation initiative with WRAP in the UK. This bold new pact will bring together businesses, policymakers and the public to create a circular economy for plastics that tackles the causes of plastics waste and pollution, not just the symptoms. Focussing on innovation, better packaging design and end-of-use systems will not only generate long-term benefits for the environment, but is also a huge economic opportunity. We encourage others around the world to help drive this momentum towards finding global solutions to what is a global problem.”

For more information, visit www.wrap.org.uk/UKplasticspact