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Demand Outpaces Supply of Recycled Content Plastic Packaging

It’s critical that the United States increases domestic supply of post-consumer recycled resins to meet current and future recycled-content goals of major brand owners.

Dan Felton

April 28, 2021

1 Min Read
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As interest in the circular economy grows, more companies have been setting goals to increase the recyclability and recycled content of their packaging. AMERIPEN – the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment, a policy-based trade association for the US packaging industry, commissioned a study to better understand the relationship between company packaging goals for post-consumer recycled (PCR) content and current supply and demand.

Through evaluation of domestic supply and reprocessing capacity for plastic resin, researchers conclude that the United States currently lacks the available supply and, in some cases, domestic reclamation capacity to meet company goals.

Success with company goals for PCR content will require collaboration across the entire value chain to ensure a robust domestic market for plastics reuse.

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About the Author(s)

Dan Felton

Executive Director, AMERIPEN

Dan Felton is executive director of AMERIPEN — the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment — an association that represents the US packaging value chain by providing policymakers with fact-based, material-neutral, scientific information. He can be contacted at [email protected].

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