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'Elephant in the room' for US Plastics Pact: What is a ‘problematic' package?

Right now, the U.S. Plastics Pact is the most concrete thing happening in the business world to make plastics more circular. Launched last year, it has set some aggressive 2025 goals.

Later this year, it will release a list of plastic packaging it considers "problematic or unnecessary" and that its member companies should stop using. That list is being closely watched, as you'd expect from a group that includes some of the world's largest buyers of resins for packaging.

Steve Alexander, head of the Association of Plastic Recyclers, sees the list forcing hard decisions since no one will want their material to carry that label.

"The elephant in the room of the Pact is 'problematic and unnecessary,'" he said on a recent episode of APR's Recycled Content podcast. "Those are tough decisions. Everyone is going to be worried about their own packaging streams."

Read the full article from Plastics News.

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