The five-year strategy and action plan proposed in this document sets out a framework for
the targeted cleanup, plastics collection, processing, end-markets, policy, and consumer
actions that, when implemented will drive the bi-national Great Lakes region’s move
toward circularity, in partnership with other like-minded endeavors, notably the Alliance
to End Plastic Waste and the United States and Canada Plastics Pacts as part of the Ellen
MacArthur Foundation’s Global Plastics Pact Network.
By working together, the bi-national Great Lakes region can: eliminate land-based plastic
packaging litter; increase plastic packaging recycling rates and the supply of recycled
plastics feedstocks to meet recycled content targets; reduce GHG emissions; and, attract
new job-creating circular economy end-markets and manufacturing opportunities. By
working together, a future without plastic packaging waste and pollution in the region is
within our reach.