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Recycling Best Practices & Utilizing the Terracycle Widget

Since flexible packaging is so lightweight and requires less material to manufacture and transport, it starts with less waste in the first place. In the U.S., about half of flexible packaging can easily be recycled through in-store drop-off programs. Research is progressing on many fronts to develop even more recovery and recycling solutions that we can expect to see in the near future!

So, what can currently be recycled? Single layer polyethylene (PE) films can easily be recycled through the Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP) by dropping off items at your local flexible packaging recycling location. WRAP is currently available to over 90% of Americans at more than 18,000 major grocery retail stores.

  Multi Layer Flexible Packaging

Research from Europe notes that about 80% of flexible packaging today is made from mono-material (mostly PE), showing that WRAP has a great opportunity to expand flexible packaging recycling even further!

Interested in finding a Flexible Packaging Recycling location near you? The Terracycle database makes it fast and simple to find the best local recycling options for various types of flexible packaging, along with anything else you wish to recycle. You simply select items you wish to recycle (plastic bags, plastic film, six pack rings or reusable bags) and enter in your address to locate drop off locations near you.

To learn more about our recycling technologies in use today, and new packaging material technologies in research and development, visit our site here for additional resources!

What is Flexible Packaging?

You may have heard a lot about flexible packaging, but many are not entirely sure what the term actually means. Allow us to explain. In its most basic form, flexible packaging is any package or part of a package whose shape can readily be changed when filled or during use. Think about everything you have in your pantry, bathroom or garage that comes in a resealable, crinkly packaging. Laundry detergent pods to dish soap to snacks to motor oil, all can be found in flexible packaging!

Flexible packaging is perfect for these everyday products because of the benefits it provides the consumer, as well as the environment. In the home, it saves space in cabinets and drawers. It also extends the lifespan of food, which reduces food waste, plus the resealable opening makes it easy to take with you when you’re on the go. On top of that, the sustainability benefits can be found in the entire flexible packaging life cycle! The environment is impacted less from using less water and energy to produce, lightweight and space efficient shipping, reduced product waste and recycling capabilities.

Flexible packaging has made its way into a variety of industries due to consumer demand to purchase more eco-friendly products and packaging. From pet food, to medications, to vegetables and more, the industry is rapidly growing. This perfect packaging can now be found wherever you purchase items like these and more!

To learn more about flexible packaging, visit our site here!

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