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Tests Underway to Recover, Re-Use Flexible Plastic Packaging

With adequate screening and optical sorting capacity, flexible plastic packaging can be efficiently captured in a single-stream materials recovery facility, potentially creating a new stream of recovered materials while improving the quality of other recycling streams.

So says The Materials Recovery for the Future group in a report titled Flexible Packaging Sortation at Materials Recovery Facilities.

"Flexible packaging has many positive attributes - highly efficient, great product protection, and low environmental impact. However, recovery has been one of its weak points," said Brad Rodgers, Foods Packaging Research and Development Director for Discovery and Sustainability at PepsiCo. "This study is shedding light on pathways that can be deployed to improve flexible packaging end-of-life options."

"Lifecycle assessment provides compelling data regarding the potential benefits films can offer," says Stephen Sikra, P&G technology manager for materials science. "This research provides a valuable foundation for helping advance new solutions for flexible film recovery, and we are proud to be part of it."

Common forms of flexible plastic packaging include re-sealable food bags, pouches for laundry detergent pods, pet food bags, and snack bags.

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So says The Materials Recovery for the Future group in a report titled Flexible Packaging Sortation at Materials Recovery Facilities.

"Flexible packaging has many positive attributes - highly efficient, great product protection, and low environmental impact. However, recovery has been one of its weak points," said Brad Rodgers, Foods Packaging Research and Development Director for Discovery and Sustainability at PepsiCo. "This study is shedding light on pathways that can be deployed to improve flexible packaging end-of-life options."

"Lifecycle assessment provides compelling data regarding the potential benefits films can offer," says Stephen Sikra, P&G technology manager for materials science. "This research provides a valuable foundation for helping advance new solutions for flexible film recovery, and we are proud to be part of it."

Common forms of flexible plastic packaging include re-sealable food bags, pouches for laundry detergent pods, pet food bags, and snack bags.

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