Plastics waste management & prevention

The value of plastics – used almost everywhere – has also created one of its most significant challenges. Plastics do not belong in our environment, food or drinking water. We believe any plastics waste in the environment is unacceptable.

An holistic approach to plastics waste is needed; one that’s built on waste prevention, reuse, reduce and repair, and the development of a circular economy that supports this approach. The power of innovation and technology and eco-design-based solutions must be harnessed to significantly increase the amount of reuse and recycling. This can be achieved by designing for recycling and developing more cutting-edge recycling techniques.

Working in partnership for a circular plastics economy

The plastics industry is working hand in hand with its value chain partners – from producers to technology providers, converters, recyclers, and brand owners – as well as government, civil society and consumers.

Initiatives such as the Circular Plastic Alliance are accelerating the circular economy for plastics. This in turn is supporting the drive to reach the 10 million tonnes of recycled plastics into new European products by 2025. In parallel, the Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership to develop practical solutions to prevent the environmental health and social impacts of waste exports.

Sorting and collection

Effective waste collection and sorting is the first step in bringing plastics back into a circular economy. Plastics are a valuable resource. When plastic waste is correctly collected, it can help reduce waste and create new materials for reuse.

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Pellet loss prevention

In the plastics industry, high environmental, safety and quality management controls are applied throughout the production cycle. However, unintentional pellet loss can occur at different stages along the value chain, and potentially end up in the environment. Operation Clean Sweep® is driving measurable change by ensuring that pellets don’t enter the environment. WPC members are taking proactive steps to minimize pellet leakage, thereby enhancing environmental protection and sustainability practices within the industry.

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Marine litter prevention

Marine litter results from a combination of factors. This includes a lack of proper waste management in some parts of the world and inappropriate littering behaviour. The plastics industry is committed to tackling the problem at the source through partnership and collaboration. Positive action is reducing pollution to improve the environment.

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Food waste

The journey of food from ‘farm to fork’ has many steps. The use of plastics helps to ensure that food is safe, while waste is reduced. Plastic food packaging helps keep it fresh, protected and free from contamination.

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Plastic packaging has many benefits. It can keep items safe and hygienic, and is strong and durable. Manufacturers that design packaging to be lightweight can reduce emissions in production and transportation. And more companies are opting for recyclable packaging, offering it a chance for reuse.

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