Global markets for recycled materials are shifting rapidly. Meanwhile new analysis is shedding new light on the consequences of specifying recycled content. In this session we will hear from two cutting-edge studies shedding new light on recycled content for food service-ware and for paper.
Results of a new study completed in collaboration with AF&PA, MIT and Domtar will be presented that provides a comprehensive understanding of the trade-offs of changes in paper recovery and recovered fiber choices. The study helps to better understand and quantify fiber flows, energy and GHG consequences related to choices about recycled fiber utilization and paper recovery.
A second study will be presented from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) that investigated the environmental impacts of different types of food service packaging and familiar attributes used for purchasing including recycled materials, and bio-based or renewable content, recyclability, and compostability or bio-degradability of a material once it enters the solid waste stream.
This session is moderated by Colleen Hetzel, Principal Planner Waste Reduction/Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).