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FPI Kit Aids in Recycling Efforts

FALLS CHURCH, VA | The Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) offers a free Resident Education Kit, part of the organization’s Foodservice Packaging Recovery Toolkit. The kit gives communities and recycling professionals access to new recycling outreach materials and shares dozens of images, researched terms, best practices, and other resources for adding foodservice packaging to new or existing recycling programs. 

“For years we have collaborated with industry professionals, material recovery facilities, residents, and recycling program coordinators to learn how to encourage more recycling of foodservice packaging,” says FPI president Lynn Dyer. “This past year we specifically focused on getting input that would result in education and awareness resources to effectively increase the amount of cups, containers, bags, and more that get recycled.”

The kit includes recommended language and best practices related to foodservice packaging. Other resources include a customizable educational flyer; key takeaways from a foodservice packaging recycling survey; and a library of high-resolution images of clean paper and plastic cups, containers, pizza and sandwich boxes, paper bags, and more

“Whether you already have recycling outreach materials or you’re starting from scratch, our kit gives you valuable resources and tried-and-true verbiage and images for a successful recycling campaign,” says Dyer.

“The District of Columbia has adopted a bold vision to divert 80 percent of all solid waste through source reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, and anaerobic digestion,” says Annie White, manager of the Office of Waste Diversion at DC Department of Public Works. “As the District expands our program to include foodservice packaging, the Foodservice Packaging Institute’s resources have been tremendously valuable. Educating residents is critical to any recycling program.”

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