Consortium formed to explore recycling options for
Primo Water Corporation, along with 19 other organizations,
launched a group to address recycling opportunities
with bioplastics – the Bioplastics Recycling Consortium.
The Consortium’s mission is to develop an effective,
efficient and economical recovery system and end
markets for post-consumer bioplastic materials.
In doing so, the multi-industry consortium will
help ensure that bioplastics fulfill their promise
of being a renewable and sustainable material.
Participants in the Consortium’s first meeting represented
the waste and recycling industry, brand owners,
retailers, academic and research institutions, and
NGOs, an intentional effort to bring together an
eclectic group that will provide a 360-degree perspective
on bioplastics in the waste stream.
“The Bioplastics Recycling Consortium has great
potential because it’s the first effort to bring
together multiple links in the value chain to talk
specifically about bioplastics’ life cycle,” said
Tim Ronan, vice president of marketing for Primo
To Go. Primo recently introduced the first nationally-distributed,
single-serve bottled water with a bottle that is
made from plant-based Ingeo™ natural resin.
According to a study by the Freedonia Group, demand
for bioplastics in the United States is expected
to increase 20 percent per year through 2010. The
study also projects that the greatest growth potential
for bioplastics is in applications such as films,
bottles and food service products.
The participants in the first consortium meeting
included the Association of Postconsumer Plastic
Recyclers, Climate Neutral, NatureWorks LLC, Porter
Novelli, Primo Water Corporation, U.S. EPA Office
of Solid Waste, University of Florida Bill Hinkley
Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management,
and the Yale Office of Sustainability.