According to American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Plastics Division, U.S. Plastics Resin Producers has committed to recycle or recover 100 percent of all the plastic packaging by 2040 and to further enhance plastic pellet stewardship by 2022.
Three goals have been identified by the members of ACC’s Plastics Division for capturing, recycling, and recovering plastics, which include: (1) re-using, recycling or recovering all the 100% of plastics packaging by 2040, (2) to make 100% of plastics packaging recyclable or recoverable by 2030 and (3) participation of 100% of the U.S. manufacturing sites operated by ACC’s Plastics Division members in Operation Clean Sweep-Blue by 2020 and with all of their manufacturing sites across North America involved by 2022.
Steve Russell, ACC’s vice president of plastics, said, “We are embracing the drive toward a circular economy for plastics because it helps demonstrate our overarching commitment to sustainable materials management. In setting these goals our industry is publicly affirming our vision of the future we want for safe, sanitary plastic packaging and our intention to get there quickly.” He further, added, “Together with our value chain partners we intend to transition to increasingly circular systems for designing, manufacturing, recycling and recovering our plastic packaging resources.”
Plastic resin producers have planned to concentrate on six key areas to achieve the goals. It include: designing new products for greater efficiency, recycling and reuse; developing new technologies and systems for collecting, sorting, recycling and recovering materials; making it easier for more consumers to participate in recycling and recovery programs; expanding the types of plastics collected and repurposed; aligning products with key end markets; and spreading awareness about the used plastics that are valuable resources awaiting their next use.
U.S. Plastic resin producers lead on stewardship initiatives and are building new coalitions and business models to help to help optimize a range of environmental, economic and societal outcomes.