U.S. Strategy Needed to Achieve Ambitious Packaging Commitments

Working Toward 100% Reusable, Recyclable or Compostable Packaging in the Circular Economy

St. Paul, Minn., Nov. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As the vision of a circular economy grows, AMERIPEN is calling for a collaborative effort to formulate a comprehensive U.S. strategy to achieve ambitious 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging goals in line with the global commitment spearheaded by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

On Sept. 28, 2018, AMERIPEN and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation brought together more than 20 thought leaders from across the U.S. packaging value chain to discuss how to navigate the ever changing packaging landscape and harness innovation and scale to achieve lasting improvements. This discussion – “Unwrapping Ambitious Packaging Commitments in the U.S.” – explored what will be needed to create a made-in-the-U.S. strategy to help brands, retailers and others seeking to achieve circular packaging goals.

“A collective, comprehensive U.S. strategy is essential so we can tackle infrastructure challenges, leverage innovation and scale, and develop policies that support movement toward achieving aggressive packaging targets,” said Lee Anderson, AMERIPEN President. “Packaging has a vital role to play in adapting to emerging trends associated with ecommerce and food waste reduction, both of which are heavily reliant on multi-material plastics that are, at present, not suitable for traditional mechanical recycling. We must work together to ensure understanding of challenges, options and unintended consequences as we create policies and processes.”

As the vision of a circular economy grows, there is heightened focus on the manner in which packaging is formulated, reused, recycled and composted. Consumer interest is escalating, companies are setting measurable goals for packaging content and disposal, governments are advancing policies and interest groups are encouraging bold change.

“We applaud emerging commitments for recycled content goals. We need to drive demand to ensure a circular economy and these commitments for material reuse help create healthy economics for the recycling system. We also need innovation on many fronts including investment in collection, sortation, reprocessing and design,” said Ron Cotterman, AMERIPEN Treasurer. “Contamination of recycled materials continues to pose a significant problem, so consumer education will be essential to overcome misunderstanding about recycling labeling. We hope that more clarity will reduce contamination so a greater percentage of collected materials can be put to good use.”

AMERIPEN will continue the dialogue around needs and opportunities for collaborative solutions with plans to host further events throughout 2019. AMERIPEN will continue to support its members to take an active position on key issues related to public and private investments, market development, consumer education and measurement of progress toward packaging commitments.


AMERIPEN represents the North American packaging value chain by providing public policy makers with fact-based, material-neutral, scientific information. AMERIPEN is the only organization exclusively focused on U.S. public policy for the entire packaging industry. We advocate on behalf of the entire packaging value chain – from material producers, to brand owners, to recycling partners – before state legislatures and collaborate with stakeholders to advance the packaging industry’s public policy objectives. Our mission is to lead the packaging industry through advocacy based on science and enhance understanding of the role packaging plays in a more sustainable society, economy and environment.




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