For the first time, a concrete set of priority actions for the global plastic packaging value chain to trigger an accelerated transition towards the New Plastics Economy has been identified. These actions are based on three major new insights. These insights were revealed through thorough analytical work, including a granular segment-by-segment analysis of the plastic packaging market, numerous interactions with players across the plastics value chain and discussions with over 75 experts. The three insights, which have the potential to drive a genuine transformationwithin the plastic packaging sector and herald the shift to the New Plastics
Without FundamentalRedesign and Innovation,about 30% of PlasticPackaging Will Never BeReused or RecycledThis category, representing at least half ofthe plastic packaging items and about 30%of the total market by weight, consists of four segments: small-format packaging; multi-material packaging; uncommonplastic packaging materials; and nutrientcontaminated packaging (see Figure 3).
While often offering high functionality, these packaging types do not have a viable reuse or recycling pathway and are unlikely to have one at scale in the foreseeable future. To shift these segments to a more positive material cycle, fundamental redesign and innovation of materials, formats, delivery models and after-use systems is required.
- 1.Without fundamental redesign and innovation, about 30% of plastic packaging will never be reused or recycled
- 2.For at least 20% of plastic packaging, reuse provides an economically attractive opportunity
- 3.With concerted efforts on design and after-use systems, recycling would be economically attractive for the remaining 50% of plastic packaging