USA: New Solution for Plastics Recycling

In August this year, ePac Flexible Packaging and RePurpose Technologies (RPT) announced their partnership to help create solutions that ensure plastics are recycled and kept from landfills. The intention is that the companies create recycling facilities starting in 2021.

According to the information, ePac – a company based entirely on digital printing from HP – and RPT – which offers engineered product solutions through purpose-driven recycling – want to realize a “community-based model, which can be replicated easily, provides a transparent and economically viable solution that can once and for all cure the grave problem of our overflowing landfills”. ePac operates a network of 14 US community-based flexible packaging facilities focusing on supporting the growth of small and medium-sized companies. “Through the power of digital printing every package produced can be serialized with a unique code that allows it to be tracked from production through reuse,” a press release says. “Using IoT/Blockchain technology, data can be collected to provide tracking information to brands and retailers, while educating consumers about the package they just discarded and incentivizing them to practice a sustainable lifestyle.” RPT would utilize proprietary formulations and patented technology to manufacture high demand products from co-mingled plastics. “Through a ‘plastics only’ collection process specifically designed to reduce handling and carbon footprint, RPT’s platform allows direct consumer engagement and traceability to ensure no plastic is left behind.”

By forming this partnership, ePac and RPT intend to create replicable recycling facilities starting in 2021 that are able to create a circular community-focused solution. The ability to track and trace every package would provide supply chain transparency to all parties in the value chain.

(GR32020, Page 14, Photo: RitaE / Pixabay)