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Three US cities join curbside recycling programs

PKBR Staff Writer Published 12 October 2017

Three US cities have started adding foodservice packaging to curbside recycling programs with the assistance from trade association the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI).

The three cities form part of a growing number of cities which recycle foodservice packaging at the curb.

A combined 460,000 households from the three cities, which include Washington, D.C., Chattanooga, Tennessee and Louisville, Kentucky, can recycle take-out packaging in their curbside carts and bins.

FPI said that it facilitated discussions with end markets, material recovery facilities and communities to identify opportunities to recycle paper and plastic foodservice packaging in curbside.

FPI president Lynn Dyer said: “Our approach relies on strong end markets partnering with recycling processors, and communities educating their residents to ensure these materials are recycled properly."

In particular, Washington, D.C. developed new list of recyclables including paper and plastic foodservice packaging, based on research conducted with material recovery facilities in the area.

It also expanded recycling program and FPI-supported communications campaign, Zero Waste DC.

Additionally, Chattanooga has expanded its recyclables to include paper and plastic cups, containers, pizza and sandwich boxes and paper bags by partnering with local recycling facility.

The city, with the help from FPI, also launched an outreach campaign recently intended to notify new acceptable materials for residents and how to properly recycle these items.

With support from FPI, Louisville plans to launch foodservice packaging to its residential recycling program to ensure only empty cups and take-out containers are recycled by the residents.