TOMRA strives for a world where, by 2030, 40% of post-consumer plastic packaging will be collected for recycling, and 30% will be recycled in a closed loop.
To meet these ambitious commitments and put an end to plastic pollution, we must implement proven waste management and recycling systems with immediate effect. The UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution has the power to catalyze the swift implementation of these systems - addressing the plastic pollution crisis at scale and forging the path towards a circular economy for plastics.
In March 2022, the UN Environment Assembly passed a historic resolution to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment.
The resolution requested the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to convene an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) to develop "the instrument," which is to be based on a comprehensive approach that addresses the full life cycle of plastic, including its production, design and disposal.
The INC began its work during the second half of 2022, with the ambition to complete the negotiations by the end of 2024. The first session of the INC (INC-1) took place in Punta del Este, Uruguay from 28 November to 2 December 2022, followed by a second session (INC-2) in Paris, France from 29 May to 2 June 2023. The third session (INC-3) is now scheduled from 13 to 19 November 2023 at the UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.