Plastic Film Recycling Group Gaining Momentum With New Members, Initiatives
Chevron Phillips and Key Film Recycling Companies join ACC’s Flexible Film Recycling Group
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 17, 2013) – Demonstrating growth and increasing momentum, ACC is pleased to announce the addition of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, KW Plastics Recycling, Mil-tek and Verdeco Plastics Inc. to the Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG), the self-funded working group dedicated to driving unprecedented growth in polyethylene film recovery.
“We’re committed to this important industry priority,” said Rick Wagner, Global Sustainability Manager at Chevron Phillips Chemical Company. “We hope engagement with this group adds momentum to the team and its efforts in improving recovery rates.”
“We’re extremely pleased to add the sustainability thought leaders from these companies to the FFRG team,” said Shari Jackson, director of FFRG. “Their participation in our group will drive growth in plastic film recycling that exceeded 1 billion pounds in 2011and confirms their commitment to supporting effective programs that will further increase bag and film sustainability.”
In another important development, FFRG has re-launched its marquee website, www.plasticfilmrecycling.org, complete with new resources and enhanced features. An expanded recycler directory database helps more retailers locate service providers (reclaimers, fiber collectors, distributors etc.). The site also features a case study directory, new downloadable resources for retailers including updated educational posters, and information on the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s (SPC) film recycling label. And, for consumers, a new drop off directory searchable by zip code helps pinpoint nearby grocers and other retailers with film recycling collection bins.
Through its partnership initiatives, FFRG has helped to establish new film recycling programs for several Wisconsin-based and other companies. FFRG also is partnering with SPC on a new initiative to encourage more brand companies to adopt its How2Recycle "Store Drop-off” label for bags, wraps and other films. As a result of this initiative, an announcement is expected shortly about additional companies adopting this label.
Founding members of the Flexible Film Recycling Group include Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, Berry Plastics, Wisconsin Film and Bag, Petoskey Plastics, Sealed Air Corporation, SC Johnson, Avangard and Trex.