ACC and SPI form rigid plastics group

ACC and SPI form rigid plastics group

By Bobby Elliott, Plastics Recycling Update

Dec. 13, 2013

The American Chemistry Council's (ACC) Plastics Division and plastics trade group SPI have teamed up to tackle rigid plastics, aligning member groups under the shared mission of increased rigid plastics collection and recycling.

Starting after the new year, the ACC's Rigid Plastics Packaging Group (RPPG), will join SPI's Thermoformers Committee to form an SPI "subgroup focused on packaging," according to a press release announcing the joint venture. That subgroup will be part of SPI's new Rigid Plastics Division (RPD) and will include the Transportation and Industrial Rigid Plastics subgroup as well.

A rigid plastics conference hosted by the newly formed subgroup will be held during the spring of 2014, the press release states.

Representatives from ACC and SPI lauded the alignment as a means to pool and share resources while redoubling efforts to increase the collection and recycling of rigid plastics.

"This evolution enhances our collaboration with ACC to better marshal and utilize our collective resources to serve our membership while adding new energy into rigid plastic packaging recycling," Brent Beeler, past president of RPPG and former chief operating officer at Berry Plastics, said in the press release.

One project the RPD will focus on in 2014 is continuing the work of ACC in tracking, accessing and supporting a pilot program in Virginia aimed at increased rigid plastics collection. The hope of the pilot program is that collection will spread throughout the state. SPI anticipates contributing funding to the project as part of the nascent partnership.

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