Through commitment and cooperation, a comprehensive and harmonious system needs to be created, unifying all elements in the recycling value chain through representation of the entire spectrum of industry participants. Consequently, this will facilitate the highest value of recyclables recovered for new manufacturing.

Recycling identified today as Sustainable Material Management by the EPA, with focus on more efficient recovery of material in products and packaging used as feedstock for new manufacturing. Currently, non-recyclable plastics undermine the value of recovered material for feedstock generation. The pivotal elements in resolving this devaluation is demanding brand owners adhere to The Association of Plastic Recyclers – APR Design Guide for Plastic Recyclability

In tandem, a mandate will be necessary to increase higher post recycled content in all single use plastic products and packaging. The result will facilitate full compatibility with all existing recycling systems in North America while offering brand owners an alternative to undesired Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) mandates.

An unbiased and unified system could be created eliminating duplication and synchronization of all mechanical aspects. Additionally, it will establish a simple universal user-friendly component for public education. Ignoring these defined parameters will continue perpetuation of non-recyclable products and packaging by brand owners, holding community’s hostage, forcing citizens to pay for an unsustainable recycling fee