Recycling Committee

SPI Staff Liaison: Kim Holmes

The Recycling Committee is a stand-alone committee within SPI that includes representation from all of the SPI Councils. The Committee has a broad range of work underway, which is being undertaken by the subcommittees and include:

Upcoming Events

  • Sustainability Benchmarking Tool
    SPI is proud to announce the launching of the plastics industry Sustainability Benchmarking Tool. The information gathered through this effort will give us the data we need to tell that positive environmental story and shape the conversations about our industry. Every SPI member is asked to participate in this effort. Our advocacy at SPI is based on sound science, and science is based on data. We need your help to build the database necessary to turn our anecdotal debate into data-driven policy. Your participation will afford your company a number of benefits, including:
    • Benchmarking your company's sustainability practices,
    • Undertaking an inventory of sustainability activities if your company has not yet done this,
    • Generating varying levels of reports through the tool to share with customers, or being the critical first step in generating your own corporate sustainability report,
    • Identifying areas of success and opportunities for improvement,
    • Having the information to tell about your own sustainability activities to your employees, community and customers.

      To participate, contact Kim Holmes.

Resin Identification Code - Standard Practices

Below are links to standard practices published by ASTM, providing guidance on the latest design changes for the Resin ID Code (RIC).

More information about the code can be found here.


Moving the Needle on Plastics Recovery

Plastics offer a number of sustainability solutions in the world of packaging and product design. However, the environmental benefits of plastics can be challenging to communicate if plastics are not being properly managed at end-of-life. Recognizing this, SPI has adopted an industry pursuit toward zero waste, and the formation of the Recycling Committee is a critical step in helping to drive the recovery of plastics forward.

SPI is uniquely positioned in the recycling discussion as it is the trade association that represents the consumers of plastic materials, including processors (or converters) and brand owners. Additionally, SPI represents other important segments of the plastics supply chain including materials suppliers, recyclers and equipment manufacturers. The SPI Recycling Committee is leveraging this unique position to support recycling efforts by working to identify and expand end use opportunities for recycled plastics. By working from a place of identified need and demand, targeted work around collection, reprocessing, technology evaluation and quality of supply can be undertaken most effectively.

New Resources:

2015 Sustainability Progress Report
The results are in from the 2015 Sustainability Benchmarking Survey.  The information gathered through this effort gives us the data we need to tell that positive environmental story and shape the conversations about our industry. Every SPI member is asked to participate in this effort. 
Download this Report 

EPS coverUnlocking the EPS Recovery Potential:
Technologies Enabling Ecient Collection and Recovery

[download] This paper offers the industry a glimpse into the various streams of expanded polystyrene (EPS) available for recovery today, and the technologies available to process this material into a valuable feed stream for a growing range of end markets.

Click here for more information.


compatibilizers whitepaper coverCompatibilizers: Creating New Opportunity for Mixed Plastics

[download] This whitepaper outlines the roles of compatibilizer additives in plastics, the opportunities and challenges associated with their use, and provides a guide on commercially-available compatibilizers.

Meeting Resources

Meeting presentation from the March 10th Recycling Committee Meeting. See what we're doing!


Key Committee Activities

The Recycling Committee has a number of exciting activities underway, including:

  • Industry-wide recycling data collection efforts
  • Industry sustainability benchmarking
  • marketplace
  • Ongoing collaboration and partnership with external organizations
  • Valuable informational webinars
  • Projects and programs supported by stakeholders from across the plastics supply chain


Recycle Plastics 365 - Pursuing Zero Waste

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