Recommendations for Recycled Content: Requirements for Plastic Goods and Packaging

Year of Publication

2022

This report evaluates the current plastics recycling landscape and outlines the benefits of, and recommendations for, minimum post-consumer recycled (PCR) content requirements for plastic products and packaging on a national level within the United States.

Source:

Ocean Conservancy

Author(s):

Geography:

United States

Type:

Measurement (System/Market/Tool), Strategy

Purpose of Measurement:

Solution Sets and Impact Potential, Understanding the Problem

Impact theme(s):

Policy

This report evaluates the current plastics recycling landscape and outlines the benefits of, and recommendations for, minimum post-consumer recycled (PCR) content requirements for plastic products and packaging on a national level within the United States. The study highlights various demand-side policies that require minimum PCR content levels thereby creating a demand for recycled materials. The report provides two recommendation: one that assumes state-level supply-side policy in a number of states and some technical innovation, and a more aggressive one that assumes national-level supply-side policy and accelerated innovation.