Recycling May Not Be Straightforward for Consumers

The Dynamics of Recycling Food Packaging” is a June 2019 Food Technology Magazine article that notes “… Packaged food manufacturers are setting targets, pledging to use recycled content, and developing more packaging that is recyclable … Fulfilling targets and pledges has fueled research in design for recycling, research on how to clearly communicate recyclability to consumers, recycle-ready packaging that is easily separable at recycle centers, mitigation and assessment of the migration of compounds from recycled packaging, and fast detection methods to determine the quality of recycled packaging for food contact … The lack of regulatory harmonization on the collection of packaging has led to consumer confusion on what is recyclable and what is not …” – The article is written by Claire Koelsch Sand, PhD, who is CEO of Packaging Technology and Research.