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The ultimate Packaging Optimization course

By Canadian Packaging Staff   

Sustainability PAC PAC NEXT Packaging Consortium packaging optimization TerraCycle Inc.

PAC, Packaging Consortium sponsored course and facility tour of Terracycle a one-day course of fun and learning in New Jersey.

Sponsored by PAC, Packaging Consortium, this workshop-based packaging design course held at TerraCycle‘s New Jersey headquarters on October 15, 2014, explains the tools and addresses the nuances of designing for optimization versus reduction; clarifies the environmental impact of both; focuses on sustainable optimization of recovery and reduction of packaging; packaging best practices for food waste reduction and designing for internet retailing.

Course Content of Four Workshops
Session 1 – Why packaging optimization?

  • The importance of packaging and optimizing for the total value chain including on-line retailing;
  • Meeting the challenges of EPR, sustainability and food waste the PAC NEXT way;

Session 2 – Designing for recovery and recycling

  • Taking a life cycle approach – metrics, scorecards, LCA tools;
  • Designs that work in MRFs

Session 3 – Designing for food waste reduction

  • Case studies;
  • Global overview;
  • Who’s who of solution providers

Session 4 – Putting it all together

  • How to set up and maintain a successful packaging optimization strategy;
  • Finding balance for optimization + sustainability + food waste

Course Presenters:
PAC NEXT executive director Alan Blake and program manager Rachel Morier

Founded in 2001 by Tom Szaky, then a 20-year-old Princeton University freshman, TerraCycle, Inc. began producing organic fertilizer by packaging liquified “worm poop” in used soda bottles. Since the inauspicious start, TerraCycle has become one of the fastest-growing green companies in the world.

Today, TerraCycle is a highly-awarded, international upcycling and recycling company that collects difficult-to-recycle packaging and products and repurposes the material into affordable, innovative products. TerraCycle is widely considered the world’s leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable, post-consumer waste.

TerraCycle works with more than 100 major brands in the U.S. and 22 countries overseas to collect used packaging and products that would otherwise be destined for landfills. It repurposes that waste into new, innovative materials and products that are available online and through major retailers.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
8 AM – Registration
8:30 AM – Course start
12 PM – Lunch
3:30-5 PM – Facility Tour

121 New York Ave.
Trenton, NJ

PAC members: $495
Non-PAC members: $695

Contact for more information:
Alan Blake
Executive Director
Lindsey Ogle
PAC – Packaging Consortium


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