Collaborative Action Groups (CAGs)

The India Plastics Pact’s Members and Supporters have committed to achieving four ambitious targets by 2030. Collaborative action lies at the core of this commitment. Check out how the Pact is taking action against the plastic pollution crisis below.

This is where all the action takes place. The CAGs were formed to advance solutions in support of the four target areas and any other priority workstreams decided by the members. Progress is enabled through engagement, research and co-creation activities to support individual corporate and collective action. Click on a Target to learn about the work being done in it’s CAG.

Defining list of problematic plastic items

This Collaborative Action Group is working on developing a list of unnecessary or problematic plastic packaging items which the Pact’s Members will address through redesign and innovation. Towards this end, the CAG members have defined the criteria for ‘problematic and unnecessary’ plastics and are reviewing a draft list of target items and components for agreement and prioritisation. Once finalised, Pact Members will take action on these items across their supply chains

Designing plastic packaging to be 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable

This Collaborative Action Group is working to develop guidance for ensuring that 100% of plastic packaging placed by Pact Members on the market is designed to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable. Towards this end, CAG members are first defining ‘reusable’, ‘recyclable’, and ‘compostable’ plastic packaging in the Indian context. The Secretariat is also undertaking a survey with recyclers to understand the different plastic packaging formats/resins being recycled in India, and the aspects of the packaging composition/design which affect the recyclability of such plastic packaging. Based on this survey, the CAG members will develop design guidances for enhancing recyclability of packaging

Increasing quantity of plastics packaging effectively recycled

This Collaborative Action Group is working on identifying the challenges in the existing recycling value chain, infrastructure requirements, technical gaps, funding requirements, and others, along with practical solutions to mitigate these challenges. The CAG would be responsible for coming up with practically implementable solutions in a phased manner to ensure the achievement of Target 3 by 2030. Two Sprint Groups have been formed to focus on the following areas:

Sprint Group 1: Informal waste sector engagement

Sprint Group 2: Citizen awareness and engagement campaigns

25% average recycled content across all plastic packaging

This Collaborative Action Group is working on identifying the current market for recycled content in the new plastic packaging being placed in the market, understanding barriers to the use of recycled content (by resin and format), identifying and analysing potential solutions to these barriers/challenges, identifying quick wins to rapidly increase closed-loop recycling, and modelling future infrastructure and investment needs to meet Target 4 by 2030.

The Secretariat is carrying out a survey with packaging producers and brand owners to understand the different plastics packaging formats, and products, where recycled content is currently used, and the challenges associated with the incorporation of recycled content. Based on this survey, CAG members will develop a quick wins document to increase recycled content in packaging.

Technical projects

From time to time, the Pact’s Secretariat undertakes technical projects to strengthen information in the Indian context, thus helping bridge data gaps. Check out the projects we are currently working on below.

rPET in food packaging

In this project, we are developing a series of reports which aims to provide insight into the

  • current scenario of PET use and recycling in India,
  • benefits businesses can gain by using rPET in their products and
  • steps businesses can take to ensure that food contact grade PET bottles being manufactured in the country are designed for recycling.
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Informal plastic waste sector

This project aims to develop business actions that support the informal waste sector, pilot models for implementation, and guidelines for engagement with the informal waste sector.

Landscape of small format and sachet packaging waste

This project aims to lay out the current scenario of small format and sachet packaging in India and identify interventions for the plastics value chain businesses to better manage this category of packaging waste, and outline market opportunities for adopting new solutions.