WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN: 2010: 250.5 million tons (actual)2010: 250.5 million tons (actual) 2010: +8.1 million tons (population)2010: +8.1 million tons (population) 2010: +77.0 million tons (previous decades)2010: +77.0 million tons (previous decades)
WHY LESS WASTE? Recycling/composting?Recycling/composting? Recession?Recession? Source reduction?Source reduction? Zero waste?Zero waste? Evolving ton?Evolving ton?
FLEXIBLE PACKAGING Technologically advancedTechnologically advanced Multi-layerMulti-layer Multi-resinMulti-resin Sometimes with non-plastic materials such as foilSometimes with non-plastic materials such as foil Barrier layersBarrier layers Tie LayersTie Layers
WHY THE CHANGE Flexible Film Pouches & Packaging Flexible Packaging Association www.flexpack.org
ZERO WASTE “Zero waste” means?“Zero waste” means? Local governmentsLocal governments Smart capitalismSmart capitalism
ZERO WASTE = ? How defined?How defined? Individual behaviorIndividual behavior Raw material useRaw material use
ZW: LOCAL GOVERNMENT ResolutionsResolutions PlansPlans More diversion or less consumption?More diversion or less consumption?
ZW: INDIVIDUAL BEHAVIOR Use less stuffUse less stuff Love food, waste lessLove food, waste less
ZW: COMPANIES KrogerKroger Honeywell System SensorHoneywell System Sensor MillerCoorsMillerCoors General MillsGeneral Mills SubaruSubaru General MotorsGeneral Motors AB InBevAB InBev DellDell UnileverUnilever Proctor & GambleProctor & Gamble FordFord VolvoVolvo ToyotaToyota BridgestoneBridgestone Southern Tier BrewingSouthern Tier Brewing WalmartWalmart NY State LegislatureNY State Legislature Kona BrewingKona Brewing
ZW: SUBSTANCE Increase diversion to 65% by 2013Increase diversion to 65% by 2013 Defect rate down by 80%Defect rate down by 80% No waste to landfillNo waste to landfill Donated food waste…decreased overall generation by 40%Donated food waste…decreased overall generation by 40% Auto production plant landfill freeAuto production plant landfill free Zero waste to landfill at 116 facilities, 45 in North AmericaZero waste to landfill at 116 facilities, 45 in North America Reduce packaging use by 100,000 tons annually by 2017Reduce packaging use by 100,000 tons annually by 2017 Waste-free packaging by 2020Waste-free packaging by 2020 Reduced waste by one million household binsReduced waste by one million household bins Zero waste to landfills at 45 factoriesZero waste to landfills at 45 factories Five year plan to reduce waste by 40% per vehicleFive year plan to reduce waste by 40% per vehicle Zero waste to landfillZero waste to landfill 95% reduction in waste to landfills all North American plants, averaged over 3 years95% reduction in waste to landfills all North American plants, averaged over 3 years Two tire manufacturing plants zero waste to landfillTwo tire manufacturing plants zero waste to landfill Spent brewery grains to animal feed instead of landfillSpent brewery grains to animal feed instead of landfill 80 percent waste reduction, increase use of recycled plastic80 percent waste reduction, increase use of recycled plastic Publish bills electronically, not on paperPublish bills electronically, not on paper 11% lighter glass beer bottles11% lighter glass beer bottles
SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT Is recycling the ultimate goal?Is recycling the ultimate goal?
ZERO WASTE No waste orNo waste or Less waste to dispose?Less waste to dispose?
FUTURE: EVOLVING TON Limits of lightweighting?Limits of lightweighting? New materials or products?New materials or products? On-line shopping?On-line shopping?
FUTURE: RECYCLING More mandatory recycling: commercial & multi-familyMore mandatory recycling: commercial & multi-family More C&D recyclingMore C&D recycling More educationMore education Dual stream?Dual stream? Mixed waste processing?Mixed waste processing?
FUTURE: ORGANICS More food waste diversionMore food waste diversion More compostingMore composting Anaerobic digestion?Anaerobic digestion? Landfill gas?Landfill gas?
FUTURE: ZERO WASTE Circular economyCircular economy Sharing economySharing economy Cradle to cradleCradle to cradle BiomimicryBiomimicry
FUTURE: OVERALL Less waste?Less waste? Less disposal?Less disposal? Evolving material mixEvolving material mix Continued zero waste by industryContinued zero waste by industry
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