Plastic film recycling group gains momentum
Chevron Phillips and key film recycling companies join ACC's Flexible Film Recycling Group for packaging.
Posted by Rick Lingle, Technical Editor -- Packaging Digest, 6/17/2013 5:31:18 PM
Demonstrating growth and increasing momentum, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) announces the addition of Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., KW Plastics Recycling, Mil-tek and Verdeco Plastics Inc. to the Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG), the self-funded working group dedicated to driving unprecedented growth in polyethylene film recovery.
"We're committed to this important industry priority," says Rick Wagner, Global Sustainability Manager at Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. "We hope engagement with this group adds momentum to the team and its efforts in improving recovery rates."
"We're extremely pleased to add the sustainability thought leaders from these companies to the FFRG team," says Shari Jackson, director of FFRG. "Their participation in our group will drive growth in plastic film recycling that exceeded 1 billion pounds in 2011and confirms their commitment to supporting effective programs that will further increase bag and film sustainability."
In another important development, FFRG has re-launched its marquee website, www.plasticfilmrecycling.org, complete with new resources and enhanced features. An expanded recycler directory database helps more retailers locate service providers (reclaimers, fiber collectors, distributors etc.). The site also features a case study directory, new downloadable resources for retailers including updated educational posters, and information on the Sustainable Packaging Coalition's (SPC) film recycling label. And, for consumers, a new drop off directory searchable by zip code helps pinpoint nearby grocers and other retailers with film recycling collection bins.
Through its partnership initiatives, FFRG has helped to establish new film recycling programs for several Wisconsin-based and other companies. FFRG also is partnering with SPC on a new initiative to encourage more brand companies to adopt its How2Recycle "Store Drop-off" label for bags, wraps and other films. As a result of this initiative, an announcement is expected shortly about additional companies adopting this label.
Founding members of the Flexible Film Recycling Group include Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, Berry Plastics, Wisconsin Film and Bag, Petoskey Plastics, Sealed Air Corporation, SC Johnson, Avangard and Trex.
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $760 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is the largest exporting sector in the U.S., accounting for 12 percent of U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation's critical infrastructure.
Source: American Chemistry Council