More communities throughout the U.S. and Canada are successfully recovering foodservice packaging. However, the specific material and packaging types recovered vary by community and the available resources.
As communities consider adding foodservice packaging to a curbside program, it is important to have an idea of how much material this will generate. In a city of 250,000 people, roughly 3,000 tons of cups, containers, boxes and paper bags are generated annually. About 75% of this material is fiber. A ten percent recovery rate – which is a realistic initial goal for new materials – would mean the addition of about 300 tons annually being sent to a material recovery facility (MRF), consisting of approximately 230 tons of paper and 70 tons of plastic.
Community Partnership Program
The Community Partnership program is working to add a suite of foodservice packaging to curbside recycling and/or composting programs in new communities. Learn more about the Community Partnership Program.
Resources for Recycling and Composting in Your Community
For the latest resources and studies to assist your community in reaching recycling and composting goals, check out the webinar presented below.
Resident Education Kit
Take your education materials to the next level! Click here to access our Resident Education Kit, which features a customizable flyer, an image gallery of clean and empty foodservice packaging items, and best practices for referring to recyclables.
Markets for postconsumer polypropylene are on the rise. Read more about polypropylene recovery and end market demand for this resin.
Clarity of Outreach Materials
What is the best way to communicate to residents. A residential messaging survey was conducted to gauge the effect of images, language and special instructions in communicating with the greatest clarity about recycling foodservice packaging. Read the full analysis of the survey results here,
Find out best practices for your recycling outreach materials from representatives of the Foodservice Packaging Institute, The Recycling Partnership, and Keep America Beautiful in this webinar below.
Current Acceptance of FSP
To get a better idea of the current acceptance of FSP by cities and/or MRFs in the U.S. and Canada, a benchmarking study was conducted in 2013. While the responses varied widely, the results were encouraging. Read more.
Some communities have expressed concern about adding foodservice packaging to a recycling program because of food residue. But, two recent studies have shown that foodservice packaging is no more contaminated with food than other commonly recycled food-contact items like bottles, jars or cans. Read more about the 2013 and 2014 studies, or watch the webinar on this topic below:
PDF of webinar presentation located here.
The case studies below highlight communities that are successfully recovering foodservice packaging, thus providing information on how other communities can expand their recycling and/or composting programs.