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Amcor’s new report proposes ways to recycle flexible plastic packaging

PKBR Staff Writer Published 27 November 2017

Packaging firm Amcor has unveiled a new report proposing ways to increase efforts to recover and recycle flexible plastic packaging in Asia, at the Responsible Business Forum (RBF) in Singapore.

The new report, titled ‘Toward Circularity of Post-consumer Flexible Packaging in Asia’, outlined how entities can increase their efforts to recover and recycle flexible plastic packaging in the continent.

It also includes a comprehensive and latest scenario on what is currently being done in India, Indonesia and the Philippines.

The report was compiled by Gone Adventurin Research and Strategy head Sumangali Krishnan.

Krishnan said: “Our findings show that solutions need to embrace the segregation of packaging at source, support material recovery facilities, and ensure a financially viable end solution.”

Amcor sustainability vice-president David Clark said: “Most marine plastic originates from countries where consumer economies developed faster than their ability to manage waste. And more than half comes from just countries in Asia.”

The report also revealed that greater interventions are required to address increasing post-consumer flexible packaging waste in Asia.

To achieve this, effort must include a multi-stakeholder approach including participation from local government, embrace source segregation, support material recovery facilities and, ensure a financially viable end solution, Amcor said in the report.

Additionally, the report recommends the development of permanent, scalable recycling systems through cooperation between customers, suppliers, government agencies and NGOs.

The meeting in Singapore discussed various issues of the modern world included initiatives toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty and to ensure peace, prosperity, and protection of the planet.