231: The Future of Food Packaging: Perspectives on Regulations and Economic Feasibility to Meet Sustainability Goals

Organizer: Maxine Roman, PhD Moderators: Ziynet Boz, PhD & Maxine Roman PhD Presenters: Victor Bell, Dylan de Thomas, Emily Tipaldo, Melvin Pascall

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Go to the profile of Martin Slayne
Martin Slayne 3 months ago

Recyclable targets don't always match the infrastructure capability to recycle the recyclable categories of materials.  Material categories 1, 2 and 5 are more readily recycled, but 3, 4, 6 less so, often going to landfill.  The commodity framing of waste is a problem, as the value of buying and selling categories of waste go up and down, like the stock market.  The more recyclable materials that are collected, the lower the price and demand, and more goes to landfill.  This faming is not sustainable if we want more recycled.  How do we focus recyclability targets on the materials that both can and will be recycled, and how do we reframe waste, not as a commodity, but as an essential service provided under society infrastructure?  I'd like to be involved.

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Ziynet Boz about 2 months ago

Dear Martin, thank you for your comments. Those are essential questions and insights regarding plastic waste and recycling. We are planning to host the second version of this roundtable in the upcoming months. Would you mind sending me a DM or email to be involved in IFT Food Packaging Division efforts? Best, Ziynet