U.S. Composting Council joins U.S. Plastics Pact
The US Composting Council is now a signatory of The U.S. Plastics Pact, a pledge and project that will bring together companies, government entities, nongovernmental organizations, researchers, and other stakeholders to work toward a common vision of a circular economy for plastics.
The Pact focuses on four main target areas in line with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy vision and Global Commitment:
TARGET 1: Define a list of packaging that is to be designated as problematic or unnecessary by 2021 and take measures to eliminate them by 2025.
TARGET 2: By 2025, all plastic packaging is 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable.
TARGET 3: Undertake ambitious actions to effectively recycle or compost 50% of plastic packaging by 2025.
TARGET 4: By 2025, the average recycled content or responsibly sourced bio-based content in plastic packaging will be 30%.
"The U.S. Plastics Pact is an important link to the work we are doing in connecting our commercial compost manufacturer member base as well as our compostable products formulators and suppliers and others who wish to see food scrap and accompanying single-use compostable plastics successfully composted instead of heading for disposal," said Frank Franciosi, USCC Executive Director. "Our role is to speak for compost manufacturers to ensure that design and labelling are effective and do not contribute to contamination."
The Plastic Pact's vision aims to ensure that plastics never become waste by eliminating unneeded plastics; innovating to ensure that manufactured plastics are reusable, recyclable, or compostable; and circulating plastic items to keep them in the economy and out of the environment.
Traditionally, waste management companies have operated using a simple "management of waste" approach to operating a MRF. Throughput targets and continuous operation (minimal downtime) were the main driving forces. The industry has changed however, and the focus moving forward is now on optimizing system performance and reliability, in conjunction with increasing recycling rates and a drive for a "greener" and more sustainable tomorrow.
When considering the addition of, or upgrade to, an "intelligent" MRF, for municipalities or private operators, the main factors should always be the client's (operator) current requirements, and evolving market needs, which include throughput, reliability, output quality, and adaptability. Equally important is a full understanding of what is really expected from any proposed system. Having an engaged and focused mindset for the project with the client from the beginning, will impact and drive the entire design process. This then impacts the overall project result, through to the productive, efficient, ongoing operation of the facility itself.