Recycling Post-Consumer PET Thermoforms: Did The Three Grants Work?
4. February 2015
We all pretty much know by now that PET clamshells are recyclable, but are they being recycled? And to what extent? Chandler Slavin, marketing manager & sustainability coordinator at Dordan Manufacturing Co. Inc., is leaving no stone unturned in an effort to find out. .
Ms. Slavin’s family-owned company, based in Woodstock, Ill., has been thermoforming clamshells, blisters, trays, etc. for 50 years now. Ms. Slavin’s efforts to raise awareness of the recyclability of thermoforms among her customers has not gone unnoticed. Among other things, she and Dordan have been featured in numerous trade publications, including this one in May 2011 and March 2013.
Recently, Chandler Slavin completed her third report focused on PET thermoformed recycling. This one dealt with whether grants awarded by SPI and NAPCOR in 2013 to three separate recyclers/waste management firms had helped in developing a future business model for PET thermoform collection and recycling.
Ms. Slavin comments, “Have the floodgates opened? Are communities finding a market for post consumer PET thermoformed packaging? It is one thing to accept material for recycling; it is quite another, however, to actually recycle it.”
Her full analysis can be downloaded here.
You can access all of her sustainable packaging previous research here.