Associate Director of Sustainability & Recycling at the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS)
Andy Brewer, Associate Director of Sustainability & Recycling at the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS)
Dianne Brickman, Regulatory Advisor, The Sherwin-Williams Company
James Graham, Product Sustainability Regulatory Affairs Advisor, ExxonMobil
Use of recycled content in plastic packaging resin is an essential part of promoting a circular economy and reducing plastic waste and can result in many environmental and economic benefits. Post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic is a substantial source of recycled material but increasing its use poses particular challenges. To strengthen demand and market certainty for PCR plastic, some states have enacted laws that require the incorporation of specific percentages of PCR content into packaging or products. These requirements do not by themselves address the supply problem – low rates of plastic recycling – and have state-specific nuances that can make national-level decision-making difficult. This session will discuss ways the plastic supply chain can come together to approach complying with PCR content mandates and industry initiatives to advance new technological solutions, such as advanced recycling for plastics. Attendees will also explore developing industry guidelines or standards around recycled content in plastic packaging for household and commercial products.