Plastic Manufacturing – US Plastics Pact Publishes List of “Problematic and Unnecessary” Materials

On January 25, 2022, the U.S. Plastics Pact released its “Problematic and Unnecessary Materials List” “… a first step to accelerating progress toward a circular economy for plastic packaging in the United States. The list identifies 11 items that are not currently reusable, recyclable, or compostable at scale in the U.S. and are not projected to be kept in a closed loop in practice and at scale by 2025 …” – Some of the items are: Intentionally added Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS); Non-detectable pigments such as Carbon Black; Opaque or pigmented PET – Polyethylene Terephthalate bottles (any color other than transparent blue or green); Oxo-degradable additives, including oxo-biodegradable additives; PETG – Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol in rigid packaging; Problematic Label Constructions; PS – Polystyrene, including EPS (Expanded Polystyrene); and PVC – Polyvinyl Chloride, including PVDC (Polyvinylidene Chloride) @USPlasticsPact #SingleUsePlastic #PlasticWaste #Recycling