RT | Recyclable™
Rootree™ is serious about sustainability.
That’s why we are pushing the limits and leading the industry towards a more environmentally conscious future.
Rootree’s latest development is a truly recyclable pouch.
Conventional flexible packaging is typically made from 3 or more layers of material. Since these materials are made from different types of plastics, the pouch is qualified as code #7 recycling, or “other”, and is difficult (read: nearly impossible) to recycle in most municipalities, as it requires separating the fused layers. This results in these packages being hauled off to the landfill.
Rootree has developed a flexible pouch that is recyclable under code #2.
Recent legislative activity shows promise in this product soon being allowed in the blue bin.For now, some municipalities will continue to include “flexible packaging” or “stand-up pouches” in the landfill stream, as they are unable to differentiate these pouches from #7 pouches at a glance.
Our friends in the USA may be able to benefit from a store drop-off program where these packages are picked up by a specialty recycler.
Always check your local waste management guide in order to determine which waste stream is appropriate for a particular item in your location.
Different than conventional packaging – Rootree™ Recyclable.
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Did you know?
- While our recyclable line is code #2 recycling, it can sometimes be missed in waste management facilities looking for styles of plastics (e.g. often, “flexible plastic” is considered a category, despite what each item is coded as.). This is frustrating for consumers and manufacturers alike.
- This also showcases the importance of a national waste management facilitator or regulatory body. By determining standards to be used at every waste management facility, we can ensure that recyclable items are truly recycled.
- Currently, waste management practices vary by municipalities, with no national standard practices.
In the mean time, there are innovative companies that are focussed on recycling the non-recyclable.
|Company||Location||Accepts||What They Do|
|TerraCycle||24+ countries worldwide||Almost anything||After collecting through drop-off programs, free collection programs, and corporation-funded programs, they then reuse, upcycle, recycle, and compost accordingly.|
|Soft, film plastics||Through their store drop-off programs, they collect and use film plastics to manufacture composite decking.|