What is the India Plastics Pact?

The India Plastics Pact, launched in September 2021, is an initiative developed by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and WWF India. The Pact’s Secretariat is managed by CII. Within CII, It is anchored at the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development (CESD). The initiative is supported by WRAP, a global NGO based in the UK. WRAP provides operational and technical support to many other Plastics Pacts and leads the UK Plastics Pact. The Pact’s vision is to create a world where plastic is valued and doesn’t pollute the environment. The Pact focuses on addressing the barriers to circularity in the plastic packaging sector through four ambitious time-bound targets.

India Plastics Pact’s Targets for 2030


Define a list of unnecessary or problematic plastic packaging and items and take measures to address them through redesign and innovation



of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable*



of plastic packaging to be effectively recycled



average recycled content across all plastic packaging

*These would only include compostable plastics with all the following properties

  • a. do not leave any microplastic residue,

  • b. used in closed-loop and controlled systems with sufficient infrastructure available or fit-for-purpose applications, and,

  • c. properly labelled as ‘Home’ or ‘Industrial’ compostable.

For target-wise progress since the Pact’s launch, read India Plastics Pact Annual Report 2022-23.

The India Plastics Pact is uniting businesses, the government, NGOs and other stakeholders to:

Create a unified national framework to drive action for a circular economy for plastics.
Set a collective, national strategy to transition to a circular economy for plastics in India.
Develop a roadmap to reach the targets and stimulate progress through collaborative action-oriented workstreams.
Measure and report progress.
Empower businesses, government and stakeholders to take action across the value chain.
Catalyse effective policy to accelerate progress.
Engage citizens in the practice of reuse, recycle and reduction of plastics.
Support Members in achieving their Extended Producer Responsibility compliances.