Priorities for action

The challenges facing the plastics industry, and society as a whole, are complex, but there are also very significant opportunities to drive positive change. To help address these challenges the WPC is focused on the following priority action areas.


The Global Plastics Treaty

The plastics industry is committed to an ambitious, country-driven Global Plastics Agreement with a targeted goal to ensure access to proper waste management, eliminate leakage of plastic into the ocean, and promote circularity.


Operation Clean Sweep®

Over 60 countries have committed, and acted, to reduce plastic resin loss to the environment through Operation Clean Sweep®, by implementing responsible plastics stewardship and active monitoring.


Basel Convention

Moving waste safely across boundaries requires careful handling to protect human health and the environment. The Basel Convention sets global standards on waste management, minimization, prevention, reduction, and circularity. As an accredited observer to the Basel Convention, the WPC advocates for policies, investment and innovation to accelerate action on circularity.

A science and innovation driven approach

The members of the World Plastics Council are heavily engaged in addressing the global challenges facing the plastics system, as both individual companies and through partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders.

Science and innovation, which is in our industry’s DNA and has helped us to successfully respond to all the challenges we have faced in the past, plays a fundamental role in our industries response to these global challenges.

These are some of the industry changing innovations that are helping us reach a more sustainable future. Our member companies and partner organizations are taking new steps all the time, so keep checking back to learn about the latest.

Tracking Our Progress

Tracking plastics circularity projects in countries around the globe