ROADMAP TO 2025
The Canada Plastics Pact Roadmap is a shared action plan that will result in real progress to reduce plastic waste in Canada. Built through unprecedented collaboration between companies, organizations, and governments across the entire plastics value chain, this Roadmap presents a shared vision for a circular economy for plastics packaging and a collaborative action plan to drive tangible change by 2025.
Plastics are a vital part of daily life. They are high-performing, lightweight, and low-cost; but currently, over 85% of what we produce in Canada each year gets used once and ends up in landfills or the environment. We know we can do better. We can build a future for Canada in which plastics are valued and never become waste.
Everyone has a vital role to play in realizing a circular economy for plastics.
People from every part of society – from businesses to non-profits to investors to governments to citizens – are encouraged to be inspired by the Roadmap and find their unique place in this shared action plan. There are six ways to take action regardless of whether you are a CPP Partner or not:
The Roadmap presents a full picture of what is needed to achieve a circular economy for plastics packaging and a full picture of what needs to be done next. Key actions fall under three strategic priorities for 2025. These are:
Eliminate unnecessary and hard-to-recycle plastics. Drive innovation for reuse and refill models. Innovate to prevent waste from being created in the first place. Improve collection and recycling systems.
Packaging design standards to improve recyclability. Investments in new infrastructure. Address supply and demand issues to incorporate recycled resins. Ensure government policy is in place and well-designed.
Create standard definitions and measurement practices. Drive investment in better real-time data and monitoring.
The Roadmap was developed through the engagement of 70+ leading industry, NGO, and public sector organizations, including brands, retailers, recyclers, resin producers, nonprofits, associations, governments and others who together account for over a third of the plastics packaging on the market in Canada. These leaders are committed to collaborating to realize a circular economy for plastics where we eliminate the plastics we don’t need and innovate so the plastics we do need can be reused, recycled, or composted to be kept in the economy and out of the environment.
A shared action plan for building a circular economy for plastics packaging.
Details about the context, assumptions, and approach that have informed the Roadmap.
The CPP’s Foundational Research and Study on Canadian Plastic Packaging Flows.