On January 27, 2021, the non-governmental organization Ellen Macarthur Foundation announced that Canada has joined the organization’s Plastic Pact network. The new Canada Plastics Pact has so far received support from over 40 organizations including businesses, government institutions, and NGOs to achieve a set of targets by the year 2025. These include: (i) defining a list of plastic packaging to be designated as problematic or unnecessary and then implement measures to eliminate them, (ii) achieving 100% of plastic packaging to? be designed as reusable, recyclable, or compostable, (iii) ensuring at least 50% of plastic packaging is effectively recycled or composted, and (iv) ensuring an average of at least 30% recycled content by weight across all plastic packaging.

Each plastic pact operates within its host country to bring together stakeholders “who through shared ambition, combined expertise and collaboration create regional and national solutions to plastic waste and pollution.” The US recently launched a plastics pact within the network in August 2020 (FPF reported). Food brands and retailers within the plastic pacts are included in the Food Packaging Forum’s brand and retailer initiatives database.

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Ellen Macarthur Foundation (January 27, 2021). “Canada joins the Plastics Pact network.”

Canada Plastics Pact (January 2021). “Partners list.”

Steve Toloken (January 29, 2021). “Canada launches plastic pact, seeks 50% recycling, composting rate.” Sustainable Plastics