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Plastic clamshells officially "recyclable" as per FTC's definition

 

Hello and happy 2nd day of spring!

I am positively delighted to discuss the following bit of news: PET thermoformed containers are now officially recyclable as per the FTC’s definition of recyclable packaging; this means that 60% of American communities have access to facilities that can recycle these packages. Wow.

Click here for the story.

I was at my first Walmart Sustainable Packaging Expo when a packaging engineer at Burts Bees pass Dordan’s booth; I called to him, “custom thermoformed trays for gift sets!” to which he replied, “we are getting out of thermoformed trays because they are not recyclable.” Well guess what buddy?!? Now they are!

I seriously remember thinking to myself, dang, that stinks. How do you compete with that reality?

As some of you know, this blog began as a day by day narration of my attempts to understand why plastic clamshells were not “recycled” in America. We investigated with the inquiry, “if PET bottles are recyclable, why aren't RPET thermoforms?” These efforts resulted in the publication of "Recycling Report: the Truth about Blister/Clamshell Recycling©" and the cover feature of Green Manufacturer Magazine. Click here to download the Report.

It has been such a pleasure to become familiar with a complex obstacle, like how to add a new material to the recycling infrastructure, and then watch the industry proactively isolate and eliminate the obstacles’ complexities! My deepest congratulations go out to NAPCOR, SPI, ACC, APR, the participating MRFs, the Retail Council of Canada’s grocers, the Adhesive and Sealant Council Inc., and their partners and stakeholders for literally solving the end of life problem for plastic thermoformed packaging. Now we can add the Mobius loop to the clamshells, blisters and trays Dordan manufactures with pride! Whata day!

Here is a throw-back video interview of yours truly describing the contents of her presentation on thermoform recycling at Sustainable Plastics Packaging 2010!

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Comments

do use any bioplastics or corn based plastic in your clamshells?
Posted @ Thursday, March 21, 2013 11:21 AM by Kim Koch
Congrats Chandler!!! You all have been working hard on this accomplishment for some time! I am excited to see that we now have a new recycle form of packaging for our logistic processes. 
 
Keep up the great work!!!... AND BLOGS!
Posted @ Thursday, March 21, 2013 11:25 AM by Ryan Pennington
Very interesting article! Thank you for the heads up. I tried re-posting to LinkedIn, but it didn't work. 
-John
Posted @ Friday, March 22, 2013 2:03 PM by John Davidsson
Chandler, Great job...it all started with you! Jeff
Posted @ Friday, March 22, 2013 4:26 PM by Jeff Timm
This sounds great! Well, keep up the great job. Thanks for this wonderful article!
Posted @ Friday, May 24, 2013 4:35 AM by veterinary syringes
Recycling of plastic materials is of course a contributing factor towards cleanliness of our surrounding environment. Even most of the companies manufacture the plastic items in such a way that can be easily recycles and re-used. There are so many companies like M50 skip hire which provide recycling facilities of these plastic wastes. Recycling of plastic materials can also help in reducing environment pollution.
Posted @ Thursday, August 22, 2013 6:11 AM by Miley Wilson
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