PFPW.NEWS – April 20, 2020

~   Consumer Brands Association Calls for Standardized Recycling System
~   Sustainable Packaging – Prioritization Tools
~   UC Berkeley to Eliminate All Non-Essential Single Use Plastic by 2030

Consumer Brands Association Calls for Standardized Recycling System

On April 16, 2020, the Consumer Brands Association (CBA) released its policy platform… with recommendations to achieve the country’s optimal recycling system … – The policy platform represents “… the views of the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, and focuses on finding scalable solutions to address the underlying issues in the recycling and recovery system … The CPG industry supports a national solution to fix the country’s broken recycling system requiring three key elements: a standard foundation; long-term financing mechanisms …; and strong end-markets to meet demand … Recycling is not the final or only solution to our packaging challenges, but without a functioning recycling system, there is no second life for valuable material … CBA launched the Recycling Leadership Council, a diverse group of stakeholders … committed to working together to effect change …” #Recycling #FoodPackaging #SingleUsePlastic #PlasticWaste

UC Berkeley to Eliminate All Non-Essential Single Use Plastic by 2030 – According to an April 15, 2020 announcement ’s-strongest-single-use-plastic-ban the university commitment “… goes beyond previously existing plastic reduction targets focused on foodware and plastic bags, and addresses the spectrum of products and packaging used in campus academics, research, administration, and events … Some alternatives for products that this policy will tackle have not been created yet … Back-of-the-house food service and lab research are among the most challenging areas for the evolution of plastic policies … This commitment will aid UC Berkeley in achieving its zero waste goals as over a quarter of UC Berkeley’s waste is from non-recyclable plastics … the campus will … form a Single-Use Plastic Working Group … develop enabling strategies in purchasing contracts, and develop a plan – a roadmap – to the 2030 target … [the university will] partner with faculty, staff, students, organizations and companies to research alternatives and develop circular economy solutions for plastics …” #SingleUsePlastic #FoodPackaging #PlasticWaste #Recycling #UCBerkeley

Sustainable Packaging – Prioritization Tools – On April 15, 2020, EPA announced through its Sustainable Materials Management Listserv  that a webinar would be held from 1 to 2 pm EDT on April 23, 2020 titled “EPA Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Prioritization Tools: Sustainability Insights at a Glance” –
The “… webinar introduces EPA’s SMM Prioritization Tools. These life cycle-based tools offer a starting place for governments, trade associations, NGOs, companies, small enterprises, and other organizations to establish priorities for environmental improvement, focus their limited financial and human resources where action could offer greater holistic benefit, and consider key industries for collaboration …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #FoodPackaging