SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, has signed up to the UK Plastics Pact to collaborate to bring together businesses from across the entire plastics value chain with UK governments and NGO’s to tackle the issue of plastic waste. The UK Plastics Pact is a unique collaboration led by sustainability experts WRAP with 42 major businesses that include leading food, drink and non-food brands, plastic reprocessors and packaging suppliers.
UK Plastics Pact initiative was started in London on Thursday 26 April 2018, at an official ceremony attended by The Secretary of State for the Environment Rt. Hon Michael Gove.
Elimination of avoidable plastic waste by 2025 include eliminating unnecessary single-use plastic packaging through redesign, innovation or alternative delivery models. The targets ensure that all plastic packaging produced is reused, recycled or composted. The partnership will also help make a stronger recycling system to ensure consistent UK recycling with the support of the Government.
The UK Plastics Pact, led by WRAP, a not for profit organization, will be repeated in other countries to form a powerful global movement as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Initiative.
“Plastics should not end up in the environment, landfills or the oceans. At SABIC, we are planning to scale up high-quality recycling processes for chemical recycling of mixed plastic waste to the original polymer”, said, Leon Jacobs, Sustainability Lead for Europe. He added, “SABIC has the know-how, the resources and the resolve to help reduce the waste-stream.”
Paul Davidson, Market Development, and Support Engineer, SABIC, said, “Plastics are valuable and have many benefits. We believe that with the steps we take today, we will directly affect the world, the economy and the quality of life in decades to come.”