Exploring Emerging Resource Recovery Processes
End of Packaging Life
The Flexible Packaging Association is leading an industry effort to address end-of-packaging-use alternatives for flexible packaging, including increasing resource recovery. FPA will continue researching and exploring pilots to further advance development of emerging resource recovery processes.
FPA addresses resource recovery challenges
What is Materials Management?
Materials Management, among the emerging end-of-packaging-life options, provides the opportunity for recovery of the energy that is contained in flexible packaging. These options include converting feedstock into clean synthetic fuel gas, which can be used to generate electricity and through pyrolysis which transforms plastics and other waste into fuel pellets, which also generates power.
Engaging stakeholders is critical to the development of viable recovery options. Stakeholders include:
- Consumer Product Manufacturers
- Non-Governmental Organizations
- Waste Management Companies
- Industry Associations
Resources in Materials Management
FPA has compiled a list of resources on a variety of reports, articles, etc. on materials management and other opportunities to recover energy that is contained in flexible packaging.
Energy Bag — A Groundbreaking Initiative
Converting Non-Recycled Plastic into Synthetic Fuel Oil
The Plastics-to-Energy Pilot Program
During the course of 2014, The Dow Chemical Company, Republic Services, The Flexible Packaging Association, Agilyx, Reynolds Consumer Products, and the city of Citrus Heights, California, collaborated to implement the Energy Bag Pilot program...the first-of-its-kind in the United States intended to divert non-recycled plastics from landfills and to optimize their resource efficiency.
The Energy Bag Pilot tested the feasibility of collecting households’ non-recycled plastics (NRP) at curbside, sorting the NRP at a material recycling facility (MRF), delivering the desired/sorted-out NRP to an energy conversion facility, and effectively converting that NRP into an energy resource — all via an existing waste management infrastructure.
The Energy Bag Program
Today, the groundbreaking Energy Bag program collects hard to recycle plastics at curbs and converts them into useful resources. The program has expanded to other cities including Omaha, Nebraska; Lincoln, Nebraska; Boise, Idaho; and Cobb County, Georgia.The program is a significant step towards achieving positive long-term environmental and economic advantages, including new alternative energy resources and fewer tons of plastics ending in landfills.
Energy Recovery Videos
The Hefty® EnergyBag™ program is a groundbreaking initiative that converts previously non-recycled plastics – like juice pouches, candy wrappers...
Sponsored by Dow, the Flexible Packaging Association and Republic Services, along with the City of Citrus Heights, a three-month...
This video demonstrated that non-recycled plastics can be collected and converted into an energy resource and helped to identify...
The Hefty® Energy Bag program is a groundbreaking initiative that converts previously non-recycled plastics – like juice pouches, candy...
Degradability and Compostability
FPA's Position on Degradable Additives
The use of oxo-biodegradable and other degradable additives in flexible packaging materials is a complex issue that has resulted in confusion and misleading or unsubstantiated product claims in the marketplace. It is the position of FPA that:
• Any claim of degradability, especially claims such as “biodegrades in landfills” or “oxobiodegradable,” needs to be supported by scientific data certified by well established third party authorities.
• Existing claims of oxo-biodegradable and other degradable additives without reference to industry standards, outlining how data must be collected under specific analytical protocols, and accredited third party certifications, are inappropriate and may lead to misunderstanding and misuse.
FTC Green Guides
The Federal Trade Commission issued revised Green Guides that are designed to help marketers ensure that the claims they make about the environmental attributes of their products are truthful and non-deceptive.
FPA Member Sustainability Initiatives & Activities
The flexible packaging industry continues to develop flexible packages that are sustainable and safe for the environment. Please click on the links below to view the packaging efforts and activities of FPA members, and see how they are contributing to the sustainable packaging movement.
To include your company’s sustainable packaging efforts and activities, contact us!
American Packaging Association
Bemis Company, Inc.
Bobst North America Inc.
The Dow Chemical Company
The Dow Chemical Company
- Sustainability Initiatives & Activities
- Dow Launches 2025 Sustainability Goals to Help Redefine the Role of Business in Society
- How Did Dow Help Convert Plastic Waste to Energy?
- The Proof is in the Packaging: Dow Helps Make it Last to Alleviate Food Waste
- Rah, Rah, Recycle! Dow Pushes Food and Packaging Firms to Boost Recycling Rates
- Dow Science and Sustainability Education Center in Collaboration with SVSU Aims to Prepare Competitive STEM Workforce
- DuPont Sustainability Approach
- DuPont Sustainability Reports
- DuPont Targets Renewably Sourced Polymer Increase
- DuPont Achieves Most Sustainability Goals 3 Years Ahead of Schedule
- USDA Announces New Conservation Collaboration with DuPont to Promote Sustainable Harvesting of Bio-based Feedstocks for Cellulosic Ethanol
Mondi Jackson LLC
NOVA Chemicals, Inc.
Plastic Packaging Technologies, LLC
- ProActive Sustainability
- ProAmpac Spotlights Sustainable Flexible Packaging Solutions at Global Pouch Forum
- ProAmpac Presents Sustainable Pet Food Packaging Solutions
- JUSTIN’S® and ProAmpac Pioneer Sustainable High-Barrier FDA-Compliant Flexible Pouch Using Post-Consumer Recycled Content
- ProAmpac Announces Four New Sustainable Packaging Product Groups
Rollprint Packaging Products, Inc.
Sonoco Flexible Packaging
Sonoco Flexible Packaging
- Sonoco Sustainability: Integrity and Accountability
- Sonoco's Menasha, Wis. Paper Plant Receives Bronze Sustainability Star Award
- Sonoco Produces Plant-Based Plastic Blow-Molded Bottles for Ecover Green Cleaning Line in North America
- Sonoco's Newport Paper Mill Receives Bronze Sustainability Star Award
- Sonoco Listed on Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for Sixth Consecutive Year