Portuguese Pact for Plastics: Towards a circular economy for plastics – Lisboa Green Capital 2020

Portuguese Pact for Plastics: Towards a circular economy for plastics

More than 50 Portuguese entities signed today the Portuguese Pact for Plastics and made a joint commitment to implement concrete and ambitious targets by 2025 in the fight against plastics.

The project, coordinated by the Smart Waste Portugal Association, with the support of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Action and the network of Pacts for Plastics of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, has “a clear goal of creating a circular economy for plastics in Portugal so that they never become waste”, explained Aires Pereira, Chairman of the Board of Smart Waste Portugal.

Companies, associations, NGOs, universities and government bodies have committed themselves, by 2025, to produce packages 100 per cent made of reusable, recyclable or compostable plastic, to recycle 70 per cent of used packaging and to incorporate 30 per cent of recycled plastic into new packaging.

“From medicine to transport, from smartphones to packaging, plastics are very important for ensuring our quality of life. However, we cannot turn a blind eye to the negative consequences of plastics on the environment, especially packaging and single-use plastics,” said Aires Pereira, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Smart Waste Portugal Association.

The Minister of Environment and Climate Action, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, present at the presentation of the Pact, said the commitment “that results from this pact goes beyond the law that we have and the law that we will have” and finished his speech with the call for this Pact to be “the beginning of a great revolution in the national plastic industry”.

Finally, one by one, all the entities that committed themselves to the Portuguese Pact for Plastics took the stage to sign the document. There was still time for interventions by Nolwenn Foray, a Circular Economy analyst at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and by the Secretary of State for Commerce, Services and Consumer Defense, João Torres, besides examples of good practices for the circularity of plastics by Nestlé, Delta Cafés, Lidl, Intraplás and Sirplaste.