Polypropylene is a plastic that’s widely used in food and non-food applications. It boasts of low carbon footprint compared to other types, and is versatile, affordable and safe. Although utilising this product is already contributing to worldwide sustainability efforts, there’s still a push to do more from companies.
Berry Global has joined the Prolypropylene Recycling Coalition of the Recycling Partnership in a campaign to improve the overall recycling infrastructure in the U.S. They are joined by businesses like the Walmart Foundation, Keurig Dr Pepper, NextGen Consortium and Braskem in this movement towards a circular economy.
The coalition has so far provided grants worth $4.2 million to 13 polypropylene recycling facilities that cater to about 6% of the U.S. population. It has also provided educational programs to consumers, and improved their access to these recycling hubs too.
“By expanding and modernizing recycling infrastructure, we will capture the economic value that is currently being lost and supply the recycled content necessary to meet commitments. This is critical to achieving a circular economy and giving natural resources multiple lives,” said Robert Flores, Vice President of Sustainability at Berry.
Berry Global currently has Berry currently has campaigns to improve polypropylene curbside recycling. They have installed new an AMP Robotics Cortex™ in a materials recovery facility in Indiana. This system efficiently sorts out the plastic, that will then be recycled and returned to Berry Global’s production lines.