SWANA signs U.S. Plastics Pact, aims to bring one voice to packaging
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has signed the U.S. Plastics Pact, an agreement to work collectively towards a common vision of a circular economy for plastics.
The U.S. Plastics Pact brings together businesses, government entities, NGOs, researchers, and other stakeholders as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's network of Plastics Pacts around the world. The purpose is to collectively meet impactful goals by 2025 that stakeholders could not otherwise meet on their own.
David Biderman, SWANA's Executive Director & CEO, states: "It is SWANA's mission to support the advancement of the industry from solid waste management to resource management. The U.S. Plastics Pact is an important step in that direction. The ambitious targets set by the Pact, together with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's impending national recycling strategy and national recycling goals, will substantially improve recycling in the United States."
SWANA, as a Founding Activator of the Pact, will work with other recycling stakeholders to transition from the current plastics system to a circular economy for plastics, maximizing the value of this material and avoiding its waste and pollution, as well as the associated negative environmental effects. This aligns with SWANA's previous commitments as signatory to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency America Recycles Pledge.
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