The Solutions

Four Targets to 2025


Approximately 47% of plastic waste in Canada is due to plastic packaging. And although 32% of that plastic packaging is currently recycled, there is still significant progress to be made, which is why the CPP is focussing its immediate efforts on plastic packaging.

The CPP has adopted the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s vision of a circular economy for plastic, in which it never becomes waste or pollution. It is working towards the following targets, which have been adapted for Canada’s local context:

Block 1

Define a list of plastic packaging that is to be designated as problematic or unnecessary and take measures to eliminate them;

Block 2

Support efforts towards 100% of plastic packaging being designed to be reusable, recyclable or compostable;

Block 3

Undertake ambitious actions to ensure that at least 50% of plastic packaging is effectively recycled or composted; and

Block 4

Ensure an average of at least 30% recycled content across all plastic packaging (by weight).

Accountability and Transparency


As its first step, the CPP will develop a roadmap to lay out the direction, strategies, and tactics for taking action to 2025. This work began in earnest upon the launch of the CPP in January 2021.

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CPP Partners will convene regularly throughout the year to discuss progress and any challenges. The CPP will annually report its collective progress to the targets. 

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A Circular Economy for Plastics


Currently in Canada, approximately 9% of all plastic is recycled – the other 90% winds up in landfills, or the environment. If you could put a price tag on that plastic waste, it would be labelled a $7.8 billion “lost opportunity”¹

Financial modelling done by Deloitte for the Government of Canada shows that by taking ambitious action, a circular economy for plastics in Canada by 2030 would — in addition to drastically reducing waste — save $500 million in costs every year; create tens of thousands of jobs; and be a substantial source of greenhouse gas emissions savings.

As the world faces unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we must commit to accelerating the transition to a circular economy that provides vital opportunities for economic growth while restoring the environment, creating jobs, and benefiting society.

The Canada Plastics Pact believes Canada is uniquely positioned to build and realize a circular economy for plastics.


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