Our Ambition

Eliminate Additional Plastic Pollution by 2040

Governments support this goal and so do we.* To get there, we need to accelerate a circular economy in which plastic products and packaging are sustainably reused or recycled instead of discarded, enabled by a global agreement that unlocks industry innovation and global investment in plastics circularity.

* G7 Climate, Energy and Environment Ministers Communique, 2023.

Our Approach to a Global Agreement

We agree with the importance of sustainable consumption and production and creating well-designed plastic products that enable waste minimization. We also agree that creating universal access to collection and environmentally sound waste management is a key step toward circularity. Eliminating plastic pollution is not achievable until we close this gap and create a circular economy in which used plastics are no longer perceived as waste.

We’re championing a global agreement to achieve the goal of eliminating plastic pollution while retaining the societal benefits of plastics. Our approach reflects our vision and ambition, as well as our unique knowledge and technical capabilities as innovators and solution providers. It also reflects the need to respect each country’s unique situation and work collaboratively to accelerate progress toward eliminating plastic pollution.


3 billion people

lack access to basic waste management.

To eliminate additional plastic pollution by 2040, a global agreement must recognize the importance of:


  • Sustainable consumption and production.
  • Products designed for longer use, reusability, and recyclability
  • High recycling rates that return plastics to new production.

Eliminating plastic pollution

  • Universal access to waste management.
  • Unlocking public-private investments.
  • Economic incentives to prevent the loss of plastics to the environment.

Social impacts

  • Participation and social advancement of the informal sector waste/recycling workers
  • Behavioral change among all stakeholders

This transition to a circular economy will reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, increase resource efficiency, enhance economic development and create jobs, especially in the global South.

Plastic Circularity

In a circular economy, actions by each player in the plastics recycling chain enables the other players… and builds circularity. For example, investments in collection and sortation enable re-processors and plastic material makers to make more recycled plastics.