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SUSTAINABLE
PACKAGING
By Hayley Hyer
O
ne of the biggest challenges in sustainability for food
packaging involves sorting issues and contamination in
recycling and composting facilities.
According to London-based DS Smith, citing data from the
organizations Beyond Plastics and the Last Beach Cleanup, less than 6%
of US plastic waste is recycled each year. Of the total volume of all plastics
produced worldwide since the 1950s, only 9% of it has been recycled.
Many packaging manufacturers and suppliers are working to make
their products easier to be sorted and processed.
At the Southeast Produce Council (SEPC)'s Southern Exposure on
March 9, Watsonville, Calif.-based Monterey Mushrooms showcased its
latest rPET tills made with near-infrared (NIR) sortable material.
Not only are the new tills made from 100% post-consumer recycled
material from North America, but they are also have a particular
coloring that makes sorting them in a recycling facility easier, said
Larissa Rice, regional sales manager at Monterey Mushrooms.
Rice explained that recycling facilities in the United States have
significant operational problems, and while many people think clear
plastic would be more sustainable, it actually uses more resources.
" The recycling rate in the United States is 29%, and the recycling rate
in North America as a whole is 37.8%, " the company said. " Recycling
centers play a vital role in transforming plastic waste into reusable
materials. However, the sorting and processing of plastics can be
challenging due to variations in composition and color. There's a lot of
confusion out there among consumers about what can be recycled. All
rPET materials can be recycled, but the problem is that our nation does
not have the infrastructure to do so. "
While the amount of plastic waste in the United States continues
to increase but the recycling rate remains low, Monterey Mushrooms
said it asks policymakers the question, " What actions can be taken to
facilitate a shift towards a more circular economy, including innovation
and investment in manufacturing and recycling capabilities? "
" In the 1980s, Monterey Mushrooms revolutionized the retail industry
by introducing pre-packaged mushrooms, " said Bruce Knobeloch,
vice president of product development and marketing at Monterey
Mushrooms. " Since then, the mushroom industry has been repurposing
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Monterey
Mushrooms'
new rPET tills are
designed to make
sorting easier
for recycling
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