American Chemistry Council aims to recycle, recover or reuse 100% of plastic packaging by 2040

10 May 2018 5:05 PM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

SERDC Bronze sponsor, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) Plastics Division announced three ambitious goals that crystallize U.S. plastics resin producers' commitment to recycle or recover all plastic packaging used in the United States by 2040 and to further enhance plastic pellet stewardship by 2022.

Specifically, members of ACC's Plastics Division have set the following goals for capturing, recycling, and recovering plastics:

  • 100% of plastics packaging is re-used, recycled or recovered by 2040.
  • 100% of plastics packaging is recyclable or recoverable by 2030.
  • 100% of the U.S. manufacturing sites operated by ACC's Plastics Division members will participate in Operation Clean Sweep-Blue by 2020, with all of their manufacturing sites across North America involved by 2022.

"We are embracing the drive toward a circular economy for plastics because it helps demonstrate our overarching commitment to sustainable materials management," said Steve Russell, ACC's vice president of plastics. "In setting these goals our industry is publicly affirming our vision of the future we want for safe, sanitary plastic packaging and our intention to get there quickly."

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