How Recyclable is Foodservice Packaging?

Recycling the durable materials used for foodservice packaging into new fiber sources represents an untapped potential market, say manufacturers in the space.

The bulk of these products are wasted because municipalities don’t realize they are recyclable, says Lynn Dyer, president of the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI). Yet most material recovery facilities (MRFs) accept it when it’s sent their way, according to a 2013 study of  62 U.S. and Canadian MRFs. Overall, 75 percent of MRFs surveyed accepted 10 or more of the 19 types of FSP included in the study.


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