Well I guess it is not exactly “hot off the press” but it is exciting news, our new Foodservice Packaging Recovery toolkit is now available on our website! Since FPI always strives to be the go-to resource for recovery of foodservice packaging, we have created an online toolkit with key information for communities, material recovery facilities (MRFs) and end markets on increasing recovery of foodservice packaging. What could be better?
Our thought behind the toolkit was to put together a toolkit to help increase foodservice packaging recovery by providing new resources for various sectors including communities, MRFs, and end markets. As I’ve mentioned before, our Paper Recovery Alliance and Plastics Recovery Group are always working to understand FSP recovery from all perspectives, and now we have put our findings into a toolkit to share this information. We’ve broken down the resources by sector so we can provide each audience the information most relevant to them and their specific needs.
As of right now, you can find the following toolkit information on our website:
• Case studies highlighting successful foodservice packaging recovery programs including communities such as the cities of Seattle and Boise, material recovery facilities like Burrtec in Riverside, CA and ReCommunity in Ann Arbor, MI; and finally the thriving end markets of Earth Farms Organics in Charlotte, NC and NEPCO in Pomona, CA.
• An interactive map displaying the locations of recycling markets that may buy bales containing FSP. Our map of recycling end markets include materials such as of PET thermoforms, rigid and expanded polystyrene, polypropylene, PLA and paper.
• Reports and studies completed by FPI’s PRA/PRG Recovery Project such as the recent Food Residue study, which was conducted to learn if foodservice packaging items collected at curbside were more contaminated than food contact packaging accepted at a Boston material recovery facility (they weren’t!).
No matter what part of the value chain you’re involved in, and whether you are currently recovering foodservice packaging or wanting to start, this toolkit can help you. The toolkit provides users with tried and true lessons by those currently engaged in successful recovery of foodservice packaging. The toolkit will be a source of information on what foodservice packaging is currently being recovered, how it’s being collected, how it’s being processed and where it’s being marketed. As foodservice packaging recovery continues to become more prevalent in the industry, we will periodically make updates to this information such as with new study results and case studies so it can be an evolving tool for everyone to use.
The Foodservice Packaging Recovery Toolkit can be found at www.fpi.org/Recovery. Check it out!