MOSCOW (MRC) -- Baby food and baby products maker Gerber has announced a new partnership with international recycler TerraCycle to recover hard-to-recycle baby food packaging on a national scale throughout Canada, said Canplastics.
Parents are invited to sign up on the Gerber Recycling Program page at terracycle.com and mail in baby food packaging that’s currently not municipally recyclable, including flexible plastic bags, pouches and inner bags, using a prepaid shipping label. Once collected, the packaging is cleaned, melted down and then remolded to make new products.
The Gerber Recycling Program is free and open to any interested individual, school, office, or community organization nationwide. As an added incentive, for every pound of packaging waste sent to TerraCycle through the Gerber Recycling Program, registered participants can earn one-dollar to donate to a non-profit, school or charitable organization of their choice.
Gerber is a subsidiary of Nestle. These efforts on sustainable packaging build on more than a decade of progress and investment to achieve Nestle Canada’s ambitious sustainability goals to make 100 per cent of its packaging reusable or recyclable by 2025.
As per MRC, Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS), a value chain initiative to increase the circularity of styrenics, announced that it has successfully demonstrated that polystyrene (PS) is mechanically recyclable to food contact standards. In cooperation with the Fraunhofer-Institute fur Verfahrenstechnik und Verpackung IVV, SCS performed so-called challenge tests, which confirmed the high cleaning efficiency of the mechanical recycling technology for polystyrene to remove impurities originating from waste streams. These results enable the first application for an opinion of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on the use of recycled polystyrene (r-PS) as food contact material.
As per ICIS-MRC Price Report, Gazprom neftekhim Salavat will shut its production for a scheduled one-month maintenance in mid-July. The average spot styrene monomer (SM) prices were fluctuated in Europe in a narrow range of USD1,160-1,175/tonne this week. Demand for Russian expandable polystyrene (EPS) was strong this month.