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Unrecyclable plastics disappearing from UK supermarket shelves. One year since UK businesses across the plastics supply chain made a unique pact to tackle plastics pollution, WRAP has published a report of progress made by members to date. The report also details the pledges members have made to take action against the Pact’s targets in the near future.

Among the key findings is that unrecyclable plastics such as non-detectable black plastics often used in seafood packaging and polystyrene are disappearing from UK supermarket shelves.

WRAP works with governments, businesses and communities to deliver practical solutions to improve resource efficiency.

WRAP CEO Marcus Gover said: “When we launched The UK Plastics Pact a year ago, we knew that we had a monumental task on our hands. Tackling plastics pollution remains high in the public consciousness, and citizens quite rightly want to see action from the businesses that put plastic packaging onto our supermarket shelves and into our cafes and restaurants. So I’m delighted to celebrate the first anniversary of the Pact by revealing the huge array of initiatives members have been working on over the past year.

“The first year was about building solid foundations and setting a clear direction of travel for collaborative change. Moving forward there will be tough decisions to make, new innovations to foster, and investment to be made – all at great pace and with an urgency that reflects the scale of the problem we are tackling. Our members have shown they are up for the challenge and we have great momentum to propel us forward. I’m convinced we are on the way to transforming forever the way we make, use and dispose of plastic.”

The UK Plastics Pact has set four ambitious targets by 2025, and members have reported progress against each one, demonstrating how collaboration across the entire plastics supply chain can deliver real change.