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Literature Review on the Impacts to the Composting Value Chain When Introducing Compostable Foodservice Packaging

Paper Recovery Alliance/Plastics Recovery Group

In 2016, the Foodservice Packaging Institute’s Paper Recovery Alliance/Plastics Recovery Group commissioned a study to review the existing literature regarding the impacts of compostable foodservice packaging (FSP) at different points in the composting value chain. Key Finding: there is a growing body of evidence that shows the use of compostable foodservice packaging can lead to an increase of food scrap diversion and a reduction in contamination. Available data suggest that compostable FSP use, in conjunction with a suite of programs that include outreach, education, new infrastructure, and models of the desired behavior, can increase food scrap diversion rates and reduce observed contamination rates.

About the Author
Founded in 1933, the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) is the trade association for the North American foodservice packaging industry. FPI encourages the responsible use of all foodservice packaging through promotion of its benefits and members’ products. Serving as the voice of the industry to educate and influence stakeholders, FPI provides a legal forum to address the challenges and opportunities facing the foodservice packaging industry. In order to address one of the industry’s greatest challenges – increasing the recovery of foodservice packaging through recycling, composting or energy recovery – FPI facilitated the launch of the Paper Recovery Alliance (PRA) in 2011 and the Plastics Recovery Group (PRG) in 2012. Both groups support the recovery system through development of the collection and processing infrastructure by aligning supply chain recovery partners, expansion of end use markets for recovered materials and educating and engaging consumers to increase recovery. Find out more about the PRA and PRG by visiting FPI's Stewardship page.

Categories: Analysis & Field Research
Tags: contamination  diversion rate  Food Service Packaging  FSP 
Format: PDF
Last Updated: 1/19/2017

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