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INDIA TO BE THE FIRST COUNTRY FROM ASIA TO INTRODUCE A PLASTIC PACT

INDIA TO BE THE FIRST COUNTRY FROM ASIA TO INTRODUCE A PLASTIC PACT

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India has introduced the Plastics Pact, the first step in Asia, to ensure the successful recycling of plastic packaging with the help of stakeholders. By 2030, the agreement aims to pack 100% plastics for recycling or recycling in India.

About the Pact:

  • The pact was launched by HE Mr Alexander Ellis, the British High Commissioner to India, during the CII’s 16 Sustainability Summit.
  • The India Plastics Pact is a collaborative approach aimed at uniting businesses, governments and nonprofits to set a time-bound commitment to reduce plastics in their chains.
  • The India Plastics Pact is a joint initiative between the World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF India) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
  • Seventeen businesses including major fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) brands, retailers, manufacturers and recyclers have committed to the Pact as founding members, and nine have joined as supporting organisations.
  • The Pact is supported by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and WRAP, a global nonprofit based in the United Kingdom. WRAP provides operational and technical support to Plastics Pacts in Europe, the Americas, Australia and Africa and fully supports the Pact in India.

The Plastics Pact aims to maintain the inclusion of plastic in the economy and beyond. It aims to achieve the following goals by 2030:

  • Define a list of unnecessary or problematic plastic packages and take steps to solve them by recycling and renaming.
  • 100% plastic packaging to recycle or recycle.
  • 50%  of plastic packaging is to be reused successfully.
  • 25% average recycled content across all plastic packaging.

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