Recycling & Sustainability
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We believe that plastics are a valuable resource that should always be recovered for their highest and best use. The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) works with our members and challenges companies to use more recycled content and design products so they can be more easily recycled.
PLASTICS helps businesses achieve their sustainability goals by:
- Promoting the use of recycled plastics in new products.
- Educating companies about how to recycle more and make their products easier for consumers to recycle.
- Demonstrating viable business models for collecting and recycling different types of plastic materials from locations like offices, hospitals and other areas.
- Incentivizing companies to eliminate waste and increase recycling.
- Measuring the amount of wasted recyclable plastic material.
- Collaborating with organizations including the Recycling Partnership, Keep America Beautiful, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Trash-Free Waters Program and the Ocean Conservancy to fight pollution and make recycling easier and more available.
The plastics industry identifies new streams of recycled plastics for remanufacturing and works to recover these plastics as efficiently as possible. Some of those projects include:
We educate companies on how they can turn their waste into valuable resources, or eliminate waste altogether. Using the tools offered PLASTICS’ Zero Net Waste program, manufacturers learn how to:
Divert up to 90% of their total waste away from the landfill.
Avoid landfill costs and generate revenue by recycling.
Engage employees in environmental efforts.
We helped fund an effort led by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition to measure the availability of recycling in the U.S.
Currently, 94% of U.S. residents living in communities with a population over 125,000 have recycling programs available to them.
92% of the U.S. population has access to plastic (PET) bottle recycling.
This data tells the plastics industry where to focus its efforts on expanding people’s access to recycling.
Our “End-of-Life Vehicle Project” explores the technical and economic feasibility of recovering plastics from vehicles at the end of their lives. We’re collaborating with partners to develop a method to recycle plastic parts from old, discarded vehicles and to create a recovery model to replicate across the U.S. and Canada.
The goal of the project: ensure that no cars end up looking like this without first removing all of the plastic materials inside to be recycled.
We’re working to make it easier to recycle all types of plastic packaging.
We help fund the Materials Recovery For the Future (MRFF) program — a research collaborative working to make all flexible plastic film (thin plastic bags and wrapping material) recyclable curbside and in residential recycling programs.
We’re supporting the technology that will enable you to put your plastic pouches, bags, and film in the blue bin/recycle them curbside.
We’re leading a project to help hospitals recycle non-infectious plastics from clinical areas, to build a business case for hospitals to recycle plastics that they’d otherwise throw in the trash.
- There is a lot of recyclable plastic used in patient care areas such as trays, pitchers, basins, and blue wrap….but not all is recycled.
- We’re connecting hospitals with haulers and recyclers and finding buyers for recycled material recovered from patient care areas.
A small sample of the non-infectious plastic materials collected from hospitals for recycling.
We were an inaugural funder of—and continue to support—The Recycling Partnership, a public-private partnership that focuses on improving and expanding access to recycling across the U.S.