This week our Emily Tiplado spoke at PackExpo 2017 about Materials Recovery for the Future (MRFF) at a special event hosted by Amcor. MRFF is a collaboration of leading companies, committed to advancing the understanding of how flexible packaging can be effectively sorted for recovery. These companies, brand owners, packaging producers and others joined together to develop and implement a research program in partnership with trade associations committed to addressing issues associated with recycling flexible plastic packaging. Learn more about their latest research results here.
Focusing on Technology to Recover Flexible Packaging
Amcor’s PackExpo event, was held Monday, September 25th and was designed to show an audience of some of the industry’s leading packaging experts the challenges and opportunities of recycling plastic packaging inside one of the world’s most advanced Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs). The event included an in-depth discussion about designing for recyclability and working toward better recovery of flexible packaging. Amcor bused conference attendees over to Las Vegas’ Republic Services’ new MRF where they toured the facility and learned about some of innovative recovery technology in action.
The Republic Services’ MRF is a $35 million, 110,000-square-foot recycling center packed with machines, bunkers, belts and sorters designed to process up to 3 million pounds a day of plastics, cardboard, newsprint, glass and metal from around the Las Vegas area. The state-of-the-art center has computerized optical sorters that can separate different plastics and glass by color and density; magnetic drums to pull out iron-bearing cans (like the ones for dog food and soup); and balers that can reduce dumpsters full of newsprint to coffee-table-size cubes in a flash. Materials will travel a mile of conveyor belts driven by 200 motors. Check out the video below.
Republic Services is a partner in identifying solutions for greater recovery of non-recycled plastics. Together with the entire packaging value chain, we’re working to make widespread recovery of flexible packaging a reality. If you’re at PackExpo, we hope you’ll come. If not, please check out the Materials Recovery of the Future project and learn more about how you can get involved.