When referring to any of the results of our analysis and/or its concept and design, please cite us accordingly:
Global Plastics Policy Centre (2022) March A., Salam, S., Evans, T., Hilton, J., Fletcher, S. (editors). Global Plastics Policy Review. Revolution Plastics, University of Portsmouth.
The United Kingdom Plastics Pact – A Road Map to 2025View the policy document
Key FindingsView the policy document
This policy focuses on eliminating problematic plastics and increasing recycling and recycled content. The policy framework was provided by WRAP which is a charity helping countries set up plastic pacts. Individual businesses sign up voluntarily. Since the policy was initiated in 2018, the recycling rate has increased from 44% to 52% and there has been an increased construction of recycling plants. Funding is via the companies who pay fees to be part of the pact and there is £20 million for research and £60 million from the UK Government which is to be matched with £149 million from business. Reporting is thorough and there are clear 3 year objectives. The roadmap provides a timeline for each area responsible for achieving targets. The pact has influence in government and is requesting legislation requiring EPR. Plastic Pacts are being initiated in many countries via WRAP, the UK was the first and is demonstrating some success. However, although plastic recycling has increased, there is insufficient evidence to determine whether this policy has contributed in reducing plastic pollution or whether it has met all its objectives.
(Review updated in Apr 2023)
Through an analytical framework, we've reviewed over 100 plastic policies. These reviews determine the effectiveness of policies in reducing plastic pollution and we offer recommendations in light of this evidence, to enhance future policy making. You can find out more about our methods on our methods page.Methods