The Global Plastics Treaty

Our goal is to end plastic pollution by 2040 through a circular economy where all plastics are responsibly managed during production, use, and end-of-life, enabling a climate-neutral plastics industry.

While plastics have had a history of innovation, particularly in supporting areas like healthcare and food preservation, plastic pollution is a growing crisis.

Responding to this, a United Nations resolution of March 2022 called for urgent action to end plastic pollution globally. It led to the creation of an intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC) to tackle this issue.

As governments and other key stakeholders gather in Ottawa this April for INC-4, the negotiations must be pursued with urgency and ambition.

The need to develop a circular economy for plastics is ever-pressing—a system that preserves natural resources and reduces waste while keeping valuable materials in use through more efficient production, design, use, reuse, and recycling.

Hence, creating a policy environment that enables circularity is indispensable in ending plastic pollution globally.

We call for ambitious measures and an enabling framework to facilitate a global transformation of the plastics system. An international legally binding instrument is an opportunity to enable circularity and end plastic pollution in the shortest period possible while protecting human health and the environment.

Virginia Janssens – Managing Director Plastics Europe

Plastics in Our Daily Lives

Whether you’re hydrating with a refreshing sip of water, staying in touch with friends and family, enjoying the comforts of home, or nourishing your body with fresh food, plastics play a crucial role in your everyday life. Of course, not all plastics are created equal, and different applications call for different properties. Learn more about the various types of plastic and their particular applications and benefits.

To know more about the different types of plastics, click here.

The Plastics Transition

Plastics Europe and its members share societal concerns about the European plastics system’s contribution to climate change and the challenge of plastics waste, and the need to foster the sustainable use of plastics. Plastics remain irreplaceable for many applications and have a vital role to play in enabling the sustainability transitions and supporting the competitiveness of many sectors in Europe.

Circular Economy for Plastics


Circular plastics content in new products in 2022


Plastics recycling rate in 2022


Increase of plastic waste incineration with energy recovery


of plastic waste is still sent to landfill

Production and lifecycle in Europe

The market size of the European plastics industry can be measured at different stages of the value chain

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Voices from Changemakers View more

I am confident technology wise. We still need to do a lot in the pre-treatment of waste.

Kim Ragaert

Kim Ragaert

Professor – Chair of Circular Plastics, University of Maastricht

There’s a lot that we can do together.

Nicholas Kolesch

Nicholas Kolesch

Vice President, Projects, Alliance To End Plastic Waste

The plastics industry has said a lot about how it’s ready to move.

Willemijn Peeters

Willemijn Peeters

Founding Director, Searious Business

Plastic needs its place in the circular economy.

Werner Bosmans

Werner Bosmans

Policy Officer, DG ENVI, European Commission

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