American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman commended the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for organizing the America Recycles Day Recycling Summit. On Thursday afternoon, she will join industry executives in addressing the EPA headquarter-based summit and in signing an EPA pledge to help identify solutions to issues facing the U.S. recycling system. “Our industry shares concerns over the challenges facing the U.S. recycling system. Recovered paper markets are complex, dynamic and efficient, yet the paper and paper-packaging industry continues to innovate and adapt to market demands to drive future success. Moreover, paper, by weight, is the most recycled material from municipal solid waste streams in the United States today, and we have met or exceeded a 63 percent recovery rate for paper and paper-based packaging for each of the last nine years. Click read more below for additional detail.
In a new sustainability report, Pactiv Evergreen has announced a new goal that by 2030, 100% of its products will be made with recycled, recyclable or renewable materials.
“Consumers and brands are increasingly looking for sustainable packaging solutions. Pactiv Evergreen is committed to meeting those market demands,” said John McGrath, the company’s CEO. “We are nearly two-thirds of the way towards our goal based on 2019 net revenues, and in the next decade, we will work to achieve that 100% goal.”
The report further outlines a comprehensive sustainability strategy, which includes a new vision, mission and pillars that ground the company’s current and future initiatives.
Additional highlights from the report include:
*Pactiv Evergreen has decreased its greenhouse gas emissions by 10% in the last five years and plans to explore ways to achieve further reductions.
*About half of the company’s annual energy consumption comes from renewable sources including biomass, hydropower, wind and solar.
*About 20% of the virgin fiber in Pactiv Evergreen’s paper products comes from chain of custody forests that meet at least one of three internationally recognized standards, offering global brands supply chain assurance.
*The company’s dedication to worker safety has resulted in injury rates that are three times better than industry benchmarks.
Evergreen Packaging was recently integrated into Pactiv after operating separately under the same holding company. Now North America’s largest manufacturer and distributor of food and beverage packaging, Pactiv Evergreen is focused on advancing its sustainability efforts to provide innovative products that meet market demands for its wide variety of customers.
“Separately, Pactiv and Evergreen have already made significant contributions to reduce their footprints and improve environmental performance. Together, we’re accelerating these efforts and amplifying our deep commitments to sustainability,” said Lynn Dyer, chief sustainability and public affairs officer of Pactiv Evergreen. “We look forward to seeing what we can accomplish for ourselves, our customers, our communities and our planet.”