CHAPTER 5

Recycled versus Recyclable

Stephen Sikra

Associate Director, Corporate R&D, Procter & Gamble

ADISCUSSION OF WHO SHOULD BE FINANCIALLY RESPONsible to ensure that packaging gets recycled must include an understanding of what makes packaging recyclable and why. With fragmented global waste management systems and an ever-evolving diversity of packaging technologies, recyclability can be confusing, even for the most well-intentioned person.

For a packaging designer, the most effective approach to take when considering materials is to make packaging out of material that recyclers want and have the technology to handle. That said, if someone is willing to pay for it, almost everything is technically recyclable. In other words, it’s not solely ...

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