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Berry Boosting Packaging Recycling! On this World Recycling Day, we commemorate our progress towards our strategic goal of becoming the world’s leading sustainable packaging brand.

We understand the many opportunities ahead, encourage collaboration across goals, encourage process recyclability, and innovate in a circle. These efforts lead to zero and circular economies. 

Berry Boosting Packaging Recycling

Working with our clients, colleagues, and value chain partners, we take decisive steps to achieve ” more together” for people and the planet. This includes products made from recycled materials on a large scale and investment in regional infrastructure to recover plastic waste.

 

Enhancing the use of recycled materials in our packaging

As a global leader in plastic recycling, Berry Global can now recycle approximately 350 million pounds (160,000 metric tons) of post-consumer and post-process plastics annually. We are also committed to increasing our internal scrap, and most of our manufacturing facilities worldwide are equipped with recycling equipment.

 

Our state-of-the-art recycling technologies include sorting, size reduction, bleaching, compounding and clowning to provide high-quality, customized products for pellets This allows us to tailor recycling solutions to specific customers products.

Honoring “brave recyclers.

The theme of this year’s World Recycling Day is #RecyclingHeroes, recognizing the individuals, places, and efforts that play a key role in environmental sustainability and a model of a greener future for all.

 

From engagement in numerous global infrastructure investments aimed at augmenting the utilization of recycled content and enhancing the collection and recyclability of plastic waste to partnerships for circular resins, we’re uniting with “recycling heroes” across the global value chain to keep resources in circulation and out of our environment.

As previously announced, we’re collaborating with food brand Heinz, retailer Tesco, and Saudi-based chemicals supplier SABIC on an innovative recycling trial in the U.K., designed to close the loop on soft plastic food packaging.

We’ve also made significant headway with partners like Mars Wrigley, The Bio-D Company, and Coca-Cola, as evidenced by announcements of in-market circular solutions, such as lighter-weight jars made with 15% recycled plastic for M&M’S®, SKITTLES®, and STARBURST® brands, a range of reusable cleaning bottles made with 100% PCR, and a tethered closure for carbonated soft drinks that remains attached to the bottle to enhance recycling likelihood.

 

Expanding Recycled Plastics Suitable for Contact-Sensitive Applications

The next phase in our recycling journey involves exploring the introduction of recycled plastic suitable for contact-sensitive applications from Berry’s new recycling facility in Leamington Spa, UK. Leveraging our proprietary closed-loop CleanStream® recycling technology, this state-of-the-art facility not only mechanically recycles domestically recovered household plastic waste but also washes, sorts, and decontaminates it to produce lower-carbon, contact-sensitive recycled plastic on a large scale.

 

With an initial annual recycling capacity of 50,000 metric tons, Leamington Spa has the potential to recycle nearly 40%* of all polypropylene waste collected from domestic recycling bins in the United Kingdom, contributing to closing the loop for contact-sensitive packaging. This will enhance access to recycling infrastructure that addresses the genuine demand we face today, in anticipation of our customers’ future needs.

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