Recycling a plastic bottle
6 March 2020

A European Pact to control use of plastic and promote a circular economy

Reduce plastic waste, use less plastic in the manufacture of products and promote recycling and reuse: such are the commitments made on 6 March 2020 by 14 European countries along with a number of companies and NGOs.

France and 13 other European countries (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden) have signed a European Pact along with pioneer companies and NGOs with a view to stepping up action against plastic waste, which is polluting the environment.

Brune Poirson, Minister of State attached to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, travelled to Brussels to sign the Pact she helped initiate.

The signatories undertake to implement measures that individually and collectively contribute to accomplishment of the Pact's four goals, defined with the aim of achieving better management of the life cycle of single-use plastic products and packaging, at European level and along the whole value chain:
  • reuse and recyclability of all single-use plastic packaging and products;
  • reduction in the use of virgin plastic by at least 20% (in weight) by 2025 compared with 2017, with half (10%) this reduction resulting from an absolute reduction of plastics;
  • increase in recycling capacities by at least 25 percentage points by 2025;
  • minimum 30% incorporation of recycled plastic in new single-use products and packaging by 2025.
The commitments are voluntary but signatories have undertaken to comply with them. Progress made will be closely monitored: the Pact's implementation will be overseen by a dedicated Secretariat.

The day's kick-off meeting included definition of a roadmap and discussion on the following subjects:
  • models of moderation and reuse for a circular economy;
  • waste shipments;
  • food contact packaging;
  • supply chain management.
The Pact aims to bring about a genuine circular, low-plastic economy in Europe, by involving all actors in the value chain in order to leave the next generation a world that is cleaner than it is today.


"By adopting the anti-waste and circular economy law, France has set in stone a deadline for putting an end to all single-use plastics. This major step forward requires a change in our production and consumption habits over the next 20 years. By pioneering this European Plastics Pact, we are pointing the way for all public policies that we hope to see deployed with all due speed throughout the European Union."
Brune Poirson, Minister of State attached to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition