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April 18, 2019

The Minister for the Environment, Carolina Schmidt, has called for businesses to be part of this initiative:

The Chilean Plastics Pact is Now a Reality

Unilever, Amcor, Coca Cola, Mall Plaza, Nestlé, Soprole, and Resiter have subscribed as private founding partners, Chile's Plastics Pact within a global effort promoted by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to avoid further impact of these elements on the environment. Chile is the first Latin American country to join.

The goal established by the Plastics Pact is to fight against worldwide contamination caused by plastics while promoting a circular economy. In Chile, this initiative is led by the Ministry of the Environment and Fundación Chile along eight leading companies that seek to establish specific goals to reduce its use, favor innovation, reuse and recycle.

This effort that brings together all actors in the value chain (such as companies, policy makers, and NGOs) seeks thinking over the future of plastics; it is part of the Plastics Pacts Global Network launched in 2018 by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in the United Kingdom.

 

We must take a step further, working with all actors to address this global problem and agree upon solutions that will allow us to live in a cleaner and sustainable country".

Carolina Schmidt, Minister for the Environment

The Chilean Plastics Pact (PCP) was undersigned on April 15, 2019, by the Chilean Ministry of the Environment, Fundación Chile, Corfo, Ministry of Economy, Agency for Sustainability and Climate Change (Agencia de Sustentabilidad y Cambio Climático), Association of Municipalities for Environmental Sustainability (AMUSA, Asociación de Municipalidades para la Sustentabilidad Ambiental), Packaging Management System (Sistema de Gestión de Envases y Embalajes), Plastics Ocean, along the private founding partners: Unilever, Amcor, Coca Cola, Mall Plaza, Nestlé, Soprole, and Resiter; and the Turner Chile Group joins as a strategic collaborator.

The Minister for the Environment, Carolina Schmidt has stated that “calculations show that nearly 8 million tons of plastic reach the oceans every year and 70% of them remain on the sea beds, seriously contaminating our ecosystem. As a country, we have taken the first step in forbidding the use commercial of plastic bags, but at this point, we must take a step further, working with all actors to address this global problem and agree upon solutions that will allow us to live in a cleaner and sustainable country.”

Calculations show that nearly 8 million tons of plastic reach the oceans every year and 70% of them remain on the sea beds, seriously contaminating our ecosystem".

Carolina Schmidt, Minister for the Environment

The Chilean Plastics Pact will work in alignment with the Global Commitment vision launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. By being part of the Plastics Pacts Global Network, the aim of its goals will be aligned with the Pacts that have already been launched. The progress of these goals will be communicated annually and they are based on three principles: eliminating problematic plastics, innovating to ensure that plastics are recoverable, and making plastics circulate so they remain in the economy and stay away from the environment.

Our vision on sustainability challenges, rather than being a collection of constraints that overwhelm the productive sector, constitute a space for innovation and creation with an extraordinary value".

Andrés Pesce, VP of Business and Sustainability of Fundación Chile

According to Luisa Santiago, representative of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in Latin America, “the contamination by plastics is the result of a faulty system that uses materials to manufacture products that are subsequently discarded. We need to change this system, and to do so, we need to work together with companies, governments, organizations, and citizens all over the world. This is why we are pleased to announce the Plastics Pact in Chile with the Ministry of the Environment (MMA) and Fundación Chile. By promoting new levels of collaboration and innovation, we can rethink how we make, use, and reuse plastics, not only to address the most pressing environmental issues, but also to reveal enormous economic opportunities.”

Meanwhile, Andrés Pesce, VP of Business and Sustainability at Fundación Chile, has stated that “our vision on sustainability challenges, rather than being a collection of constraints that overwhelm the productive sector, constitute a space for innovation and creation with an extraordinary value. That is the essence in circular economy that lies at the heart of this Chilean Plastics Pact, and to which these leading organizations adhere today.”

The United Kingdom’s Plastics Pact, for instance has approximately 90 organizations participating, this represents 80% of the plastic packaging sold in supermarkets and 50% of the total. By 2025, they established as a goal that 100% of plastic containers shall be reusable, recyclable, or compostable, 70% of plastic containers shall be effectively recycled or composted, single use plastics shall be eliminated, and an average of 30% of recycled material shall be used in plastic containers.

Numbers

  • 8 million tons

    Every year 8 million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean, this equals to emptying one garbage truck per minute.

  • 2 trucks per minute

    It is estimated that by 2030 the number will equal 2 trucks per minute and by 2050, 4 trucks per minute.

  • 990,000 tons of plastic

    Chile consumes approximately 990,000 tons of plastic per year and recycles 83,679 tons (8.5%).

  • 17% has a domestic origin

    Of the total recycled plastics, 17% (14,281 tons/year) has a domestic origin and 83% (69,398 tons/year) a non-domestic origin.

  • 55% are PET

    Over half of the recycled domestic origin plastics (55%) are PET and the remainder is mainly PP and PE.

The goals to which Chile will commit for 2025 will address 4 areas of action

  1. Elimination of problematic or unnecessary plastic single-use packaging through redesign, innovation, and new delivery models.
  2. Ensuring that all plastic containers are reusable, recyclable or compostable.
  3. Increasing significantly the reuse, collection, and recycling of plastic containers.
  4. Increasing the recycled content in plastic containers to boost the demand for recycled materials.