Today, Circula El Plástico, the new name of the Chilean Plastics Pact, has unveiled the targets it will be working towards. Led by the non-profit corporation Fundación Chile, this national initiative brings together local businesses, governments, and NGOs to work towards a circular economy for plastics, in which plastics never become waste.
Aligned with other national initiatives of the Plastics Pact network, Circula El Plástico will work towards the following targets:
- Eliminate unnecessary and problematic single-use plastic packaging through redesign and innovation
- Ensure 100% of plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable, or compostable
- Ensure 1/3 of all plastic packaging is effectively reused, recycled or composted
- Incorporate 25% recycled content into plastic packaging
A report on progress against the targets will be released publicly on an annual basis.
The Chilean Plastics Pact
Led by Fundación Chile, Circula El Plástico is working with Amcor, Nestlé, Unilever, The Coca-Cola Company, Soprole, Mall Plaza and Resiter, and today welcomed EDELPA and SODIMAC as new participants. Other participants include public organisations such as the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Economy, the Production Development Corporation (CORFO) and the Climate Change Agency; the Association of Municipalities for Environmental Sustainability (AMUSA); the Extended Producer Responsibility Organisation (SIG), and the non-profit organisation Plastic Oceans.
Circula El Plástico is the first Latin American member of the The Plastics Pact network. Announced by the Ministry of Environment and the non-profit corporation Fundación Chile in April, it is the third national initiative following the launch of the French National Pact on Plastics Packaging in February and The UK Plastic Pact less than a year ago.
Fundacion Chile and the Ministry of Environment invited further companies, NGOs, and other organisations to join rally the initiative and collaborate towards a circular economy where plastics never become waste in Chile.
Sander Defruyt, New Plastics Economy Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, said:
"After the Chilean government took a leading role by being amongst the very first governments to sign the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment last October, we are looking forward to working together with the government and industry in Chile to drive real change towards a circular economy for plastics. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation welcomes the announcement of the Chilean Plastics Pact - Circula El Plástico - and is looking forward to a fruitful collaboration in its global Plastics Pact network."
Luisa Santiago, Lead of Ellen MacArthur Foundation efforts in Latin America, said:
“Plastics pollution is the result of a broken take, make and dispose system. We need to change that system and to do that we need businesses, governments, organisations, and citizens around the world to work together.
That is why we are delighted to welcome Circula El Plástico, led by Fundacion Chile, in our Plastics Pact global network, pioneering the efforts around a circular economy for plastics in Latin America. By empowering new levels of collaboration and innovation; we can rethink how we make, use, and reuse plastics, not only addressing urgent environmental issues but also realising massive economic opportunities.”
Andrés Pesce, VP of Business Development and Investment, Fundación Chile, said:
“We must generate a circular logic for our way forward. The Chilean Plastics Pact is aligned with that vision in which economic growth is decoupled from the use of finite resources and the harm of our environment. It is also part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s international Plastics Pact Network which is absolutely key to achieving the collective impact we need to change history.”