To succeed, we need to change the way we think about plastics… and plastic waste.
Like many other materials, the production and consumption of plastics has largely followed the linear model: “make, use, dispose.” The result: large amounts of these valuable materials end up either buried in landfills or littering our ocean and landscape.
We need to recover those plastics.
The old linear model needs to be replaced with a sustainable, circular model in which used plastics are recovered and repurposed rather than disposed… a model that not only keeps plastics out of the environment but also harnesses their inherent value to create new products.
So… as a nation and a global community, we need to recover used plastics and repurpose them into valuable new products to keep them out of the environment. If used plastics are no longer perceived as waste – if communities across the globe can create value from the plastics they now discard – then those plastics will be recovered, repurposed, and not reach the environment.
If used plastics are no longer perceived as waste – if communities across the globe can create value from the plastics they now discard – then those plastics will be recovered, repurposed, and never reach the environment.
How will we help make this happen?
Recover: Create the Infrastructure to Recover Used Plastics
We are investing in research and development to help jumpstart the infrastructure to recover (collect and sort) used plastics and other “waste” materials, both in the United States and developing nations.
Repurpose: Create a “Circular Economy” That Repurposes Plastic Packaging
We are committed to a circular economy so that used plastics are repurposed rather than disposed. The initial goal: repurposing 100 percent of used plastic packaging in the U.S. by 2040.
Redesign Packaging for a Lighter Footprint
Innovative companies are working to improve the design and efficiency of plastic packaging, so that we can do more with less… and make packaging easier to recover and repurpose.
The Alliance to End Plastic Waste
The Global Plastics Alliance