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Free toolkit on foodservice packaging recovery released

Content includes case studies of successful recovery and reuse programs, interactive maps spotlighting opportunities for recovery, and results from recent studies.

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The Foodservice Packaging Institute has released a toolkit to help communities, material recovery facilities, and end markets reduce waste and potentially generate new revenue by recovering foodservice packaging. The Foodservice Packaging Recovery Toolkit provides new resources, including information on what is recovered as well as how and where it is collected and processed. The toolkit also covers common bale specifications with added foodservice specifications as well.

Developed by FPI’s Paper Recovery Alliance and Plastics Recovery Group, the toolkit features:

• Case studies highlighting successful programs in communities such as the cities of Seattle and Boise; in material recovery facilities like Burrtec in Riverside, CA, and ReCommunity in Ann Arbor, MI; and thriving end markets like Earth Farms Organics in Charlotte, NC, and NEPCO in Pomona, CA.

• Interactive maps spotlighting potential end markets for foodservice packaging materials.

• Additional reports completed by the PRA and PRG, including a recent food residue study that showed that foodservice packaging was no more contaminated than other food packaging commonly accepted in curbside collection programs.

“Recovering larger quantities of foodservice packaging is a complex challenge, and it requires that we look at recovery from many different perspectives,” says Lynn M. Dyner, FPI’s President. “This toolkit helps by answering the more common questions while showcasing successful recovery and even dispelling persistent myths that could hamper the recovery process.”

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