A Big Step Toward Ending Plastic Waste

Our Goal: Reuse All Plastic Packaging in the U.S. by 2040

While plastic plays an essential role in our lives, plastic waste in our environment is unacceptable.

As America’s Plastic Makers®, the companies that make the plastic materials used in countless products relied on every day, we play a key role in helping end plastic waste in the environment.

We have committed to two primary goals to help keep plastic out of the environment and in productive use. (Learn more here.)

100% of U.S. plastic packaging is recyclable or recoverable by 2030

Packaging is one of the largest uses of plastic. And packaging too often finds its way into the environment. To keep plastic packaging out of the environment, it must be properly managed and designed in a way to make it readily recoverable from the waste stream for recycling or reuse. As a nation, we must achieve this goal before we can reach for goal number two.

100% of U.S. plastic packaging is reused, recycled or recovered by 2040

This stretch goal fully embraces our drive toward a circular economy for plastic, in which these materials are kept in productive use for as long as possible and then repurposed instead of discarded. Achieving this goal requires better packaging design, effective ways for Americans to collect used packaging and new technologies to reuse, recycle or recover packaging… such as advanced plastic recycling.

We believe that starting here – with a focus on plastic packaging – is our nation’s best opportunity to make big progress toward ending plastic waste. To achieve these goals, we’ll be working with retailers, brand owners, government, nonprofits and other stakeholders to dramatically advance plastic packaging recycling and purposefully move toward a circular economy for plastic.

We’ve outlined Guiding Principles that will help us and others steer down the path toward circularity. And we’ve laid out a Roadmap to Reuse, concrete steps needed to achieve the 2040 goal. Please click through to read more about our plans.

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We hope you’ll follow along and do your part to enable the circular economy for plastic and other materials. Click here to learn more about us and our vision…and scroll down to sign up for the latest from America’s Plastic Makers® as we Make Sustainable Change.


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