Foodservice Packaging Recovery in the News

October 08, 2020

Georgia-Pacific Recovers Fiber from PE-Coated Cups

The material will be used at two Georgia-Pacific paper mills: one in Green Bay, Wis. and one in Muskogee, Okla., where they make tissue, towel, and napkin products primarily from recycled fiber.

September 15, 2020

Two paper mills begin accepting plastic-lined cups

Georgia-Pacific announced its decision to accept cups in mixed-paper bales at the Green Bay, Wis. and Muskogee, Okla. recycled paper mills.

July 13, 2020

AF&PA and Industry Partners Aim to Set the Record Straight – Pizza Boxes Are Recyclable, Grease and Cheese Not an Issue

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today released new industry guidance that aims to clear up consumer confusion regarding the recyclability of pizza boxes.

July 10, 2020

Group study launched into PET thermoform recycling

The Foodservice Packaging Institute has organised a group of industry partners to examine recycling of PET thermoform packaging.

July 10, 2020

Effort seeks to examine PET thermoform recycling

A group organized by the Foodservice Packaging Institute seeks to define the most cost-effective and practical ways to recover this material.

March 05, 2020

FPI, APR Release "Design Guide for Foodservice Plastics Recyclability"

The new guide is intended to provide support to the foodservice packaging supply chain, which is making decisions related to packaging design and factors impacting the recyclability of these materials.

November 14, 2019

Clark County Recycling District celebrating America Recycles Day

CCRD held an event featuring speeches from local and state officials and recycling representatives to raise awareness of opportunities for recycling in Clark County.

November 13, 2019

Companies partner to recycle PET thermoform packaging

rPlanet Earth and Green Impact Plastics partner to purchase postconsumer thermoform bales from California and other southern states

October 28, 2019

FPI awards Michigan county with recycling education grant

The Foodservice Packaging Institute awarded Kent County, Michigan, with an education grant to increase the awareness of recycling clean, empty cups and takeout containers.

October 21, 2019

Kent County and GRPS share $450K grant to improve recycling infrastructure and education

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and the Foodservice Packaging Institute announced grants to help divert more of the county’s trash away from landfills.

October 21, 2019

Kent County, GRPS to get $450K to boost recycling efforts

More than $450,000 is going to Kent County Department of Public Works and Grand Rapids Public Schools to help Michigan reach goal of doubling state’s recycling rate to 30% by 2025.

June 19, 2019

Innovation Amid the Unrest

A partnership with the Foodservice Packaging Institute, the city of Denver and recycled fiber mill company Sustana made paper cup acceptance possible in Denver, in spite of recent market shifts.

May 13, 2019

Sustana Fiber is working to advance the inclusion of takeaway hot and cold cups in the circular economy. 

April 26, 2019

DC's latest report analyzes the great strides made in increasing participation and reducing contamination in the recycling stream. 

WestRock Accepting Foodservice Packaging at Paper Mills

WestRock is accepting wasted foodservice packaging at eight paper mills with plans to expand this effort. 

March 13, 2019

Announced during the 2019 Plastics Recycling Conference, and developed by The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), the leading international trade organization representing the plastics recycling industry, The APR Recycling Demand Champions Campaign plays a prominent role in driving investment and increasing supply of PCR.

February 26, 2019

Millennium Recycling, Inc., a material recycling facility in Sioux Falls, South Dakota has added paper cups to its recycling list through a partnership with the Foodservice Packaging Institute.

February 21, 2019

Millennium Recycling of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, partners with the Foodservice Packaging Institute.

February 20, 2019

Merlin Plastics and Peninsula Plastics Recycling are making substantial investments in mixed-plastics processing capacity, bringing positive news for a region hard hit by China’s ban. The operations are installing lines for sorting mixed-plastic bales into discrete materials, some of which they’ll further process. Based in Turlock, Calif., Peninsula Plastics is a subsidiary of Merlin Plastics, which has locations in British Columbia and Alberta.


February 20, 2019

Midwest Recycling Facility Expands into Paper Cups

Millennium Recycling, a single-stream recycling facility based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is expanding the amount of recycled materials it can provide to end-markets: the company has added paper cups to its list of materials it accepts for recycling.

February 06, 2019

Reclaimer EFS-Plastics have plans to open a third North American operation and is on the hunt for more mixed bales to fuel its growth.

December 06, 2018

Paper cup recycling: reality or rhetoric

If the collection hurdle can be overcome, paper cup recycling could be a reality in more communities.

December 04, 2018

Going deeper

D.J. VanDeusen of WestRock, Atlanta, discusses why the company has begun accepting food service packaging and the current state of the paper recycling sector.

December 03, 2018

Denver residents participating in the city's recycling program can now add paper cups to their curbside carts. The change comes via a partnership between Denver Public Works, Alpine Waste & Recycling, the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) and Sustana.

November 30, 2018

Denver Can Now Recycle Paper Coffee Cups

Denver now has an answer to the question, "what do you do with these paper cups?" The city of Denver can now recycle paper cups.

November 30, 2018

Denver Expands Recycling To Include Paper Cups

The City of Denver is expanding its recycling program to include more things. The goal is to increase the rate at which the city recycles.

November 30, 2018

Starbucks recycled 25 million old paper coffee cups into new cups

Starbucks sent 18 truckloads of old paper cups to a paper mill in Wisconsin to prove a point: Contrary to a widespread myth, paper coffee cups can be recycled cost-effectively. 

November 28, 2018

Field trials at two composting facilities evaluated compostable foodservice packaging as a composting feedstock.

October 15, 2018

3 Models of Collaboration for Sustainable Packaging Innovation

Company recycling commitments and governmental bans are on the rise, even as China’s ban on U.S. recycled materials continues to reverberate across the industry. This pivotal moment of crisis and opportunity is a chance to reimagine and rebuild the U.S. recycling industry.

September 27, 2018

WestRock to Begin Accepting Foodservice Packaging for Recycling

WestRock Company, a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, will begin accepting mixed paper bales that contain paper foodservice packaging at its 100% recycled paperboard mills across the United States.

June 05, 2018

Fiber Giant Targets Contaminated Loads

Georgia-Pacific, one of the world's largest paper-product manufacturers, is working to scale up a patented technology to recover material from food-soiled packaging.

May 28, 2018

Sarnia Plastics Recycler Wants Municipalities' Blue Box Black Plastic

ReVital Polymers Inc., one of Canada's largest plastics recycling company that is located in Sarnia, Ontario says that black plastics collected in recycling programs are an important resource and feedstock for its recycling business.

March 22, 2018

Promising Pathways

Though single-use paper cups are ubiquitous in North America, recycling the poly-coated items has been challenging. Now, as paper mills and local programs adapt to an evolving fiber stream, innovation and collaboration are leading to recovery solutions.

December 18, 2017

Intelligent Additions

Several communities have recently expanded acceptance of foodservice packaging in curbside recycling. In each case, the move came after significant engagement with end markets and local MRFs to ensure downstream viability.

November 07, 2017

The movement toward "zero waste" and higher recycling targets is alive and well in many cities around the country, despite recent commodity market uncertainties. In fact, five of them expanded their curbside lists as others are cutting back.

October 23, 2017

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's administration has announced that, effective immediately, food takeout containers can be disposed of in curbside recycling carts. That includes packaging from burgers, chicken, pizza, tacos and other to-go containers as well as drink cups.

October 12, 2017

With this update, cities can now accept and recycle takeout packaging like paper and plastic cups, containers, pizza and sandwich boxes and paper bags.

October 11, 2017

Washington, D.C., Chattanooga, Tennessee and Louisville, Kentucky are part of a growing number of cities recycling foodservice packaging at the curb. A combined 460,000 households in these three cities can recycle take-out packaging like paper and plastic cups, containers, pizza and sandwich boxes, and paper bags in their curbside carts and bins, thanks in part to the Foodservice Packaging Institute.

October 05, 2017

DC Biz Required to Recycle More Stuff Starting Jan. 1

Commercial properties that will be required to recycle the additional materials include multi-family dwellings, office buildings, and restaurants that are in areas serviced by DPW. The new rules go into effect on Jan. 1. DPW says it offers “mixed” recycling with all recyclable items able to be tossed into one container.

October 05, 2017

D.C. Expands The List Of Items That Can Be Recycled

To-go containers, clean pizza boxes, and plastic plates are not regular trash anymore in D.C., they're recyclables.

The District has increased the number of items that can be tossed into city's big blue toters and will standardize the list across residences, businesses, and schools, the Department of Public Works announced today.

October 05, 2017

Done With That Pizza? In D.C., Now You Can Recycle The Box

District officials announced that they are expanding the list of what can be tossed in the blue recycling bin. They are also simplifying recycling by requiring businesses, schools and apartment and condo buildings to all accept the same list of recyclables, starting Jan. 1, 2018. The changes go into effect immediately for residences served by District Department of Public Works trash collectors.

October 05, 2017

Now You Can Recycle Pizza Boxes, Paper Plates, More in DC

D.C.’s list of accepted recyclable items just got bigger! Pizza boxes, paper and plastic plates, cups, lids, to-go containers, plastic from produce, bakery containers and trays now join the list of items you can toss in blue recycling bins in DC. 

September 22, 2017

Chattanooga has expanded its curbside recycling program to include food packaging items.

September 22, 2017

Chattanooga Recycle Pickup Now Takes Food Service Packaging

The Chattanooga Department of Public Works and a host of its recycling program partners announced the city now accepts a wide assortment of food packaging items. 

July 11, 2017

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.

June 27, 2017

A Testing Ground for Expanded Collection of Foodservice Items

Washington, D.C. will join the ranks of a select few municipalities next year when it begins accepting a wider array of food-service packaging for recycling, including paper-based coffee cups.

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