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New toolkit a resource for foodservice packaging recovery

By Canadian Packaging Staff   

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Toolkit’s case studies highlight U.S. programs that recover foodservice packaging.

Falls Church, Va.—The Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) has released a toolkit geared to help communities, material recovery facilities and end markets reduce waste and potentially generate new revenue by recovering foodservice packaging.

The Foodservice Packaging Recovery Toolkit provides new resources, including what is recovered as well as how and where it’s collected and processed. The toolkit covers the common bale specifications with added foodservice packaging materials, too.

Developed by FPI’s Paper Recovery Alliance (PRA) and Plastics Recovery Group (PRG), the toolkit features:

  • Case studies highlighting successful programs in communities such as the cities of Seattle and Boise; in material recovery facilities like Burrtec in Riverside, Calif. and ReCommunity in Ann Arbor, Mich.; and thriving end markets like Earth Farms Organics in Charlotte, N.C. and NEPCO in Pomona, Calif.
  • Interactive maps spotlighting potential end markets for foodservice packaging materials.
  • Additional reports completed by the PRA and PRG, including a recent food residue study, which showed that foodservice packaging was no more contaminated than other food packaging commonly accepted in curbside collection programs.

“Recovering larger quantities of foodservice packaging is a complex challenge, and it requires that we look at recovery from many different perspectives,” says FPI president Lynn M. Dyer. “This toolkit helps by answering the more common questions while showcasing successful recovery and even dispelling persistent myths that could hamper recovery progress.”


The Foodservice Packaging Recovery Toolkit can be found online at For more information on the work of FPI’s recovery project, contact FPI vice-president Natha Dempsey via e-mail at

Founded in 1933, the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) is the leading authority for the North American foodservice packaging industry. FPI encourages the responsible use of all foodservice packaging through promotion of its benefits and members’ products. Serving as the voice of the industry to educate and influence stakeholders, FPI provides a legal forum to address the challenges and opportunities facing the foodservice packaging industry. Members include foodservice packaging manufacturers and their raw material and machinery suppliers, restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, distributors and nearly 50 school districts, colleges and universities. Learn more at

The Paper Recovery Alliance and Plastics Recovery Group were formed under the Foodservice Packaging Institute to create voluntary, market-based solutions for the recovery and processing of used paper and plastic foodservice packaging, respectively. Members include stakeholders from throughout the packaging and recovery value chains. Learn more at


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