Increase the use of recycled content in garbage bags and grocery bags
The Below co-signatories recommend:
Whether it be accomplished through legislation or procurement policy, we recommend increasing the use of post-consumer recycled (PCR) content in garbage bags and plastic carryout bags to at least 20% by 2025. In order to meet this goal, we proposed a stepped timeline for both garbage bags (10% by 2020, 15% by 2022, 20% by 2024) and plastic carryout bags (10% by 2021, 15% by 2023, 20% by 2025).
This recommendation specifically encourages the use of “post-consumer” recycled content, which includes plastic that was used by a consumer for its intended purpose. There are a number of sources of post-consumer film including plastic bags brought back to a store drop-off, plastic bags sorted at a material recovery facility, agricultural film, boat wrap and post-commercial pallet wrap. We recommend verifying the use of PCR content through a third-party certification firm. Post-industrial recycled content produced as a by-product of manufacturing operations should not be included in this definition.
Again, we believe these recommended actions will help address several key issues. We believe commitments to a recycled content minimum will:
Lessen reliance on export markets for recyclables produced in North America,
Reduce carbon emissions by replacing the use of virgin plastic,
Reduce plastic litter by enhancing plastics’ value throughout its full life cycle, and
Boost the development of a lasting circular economy in North America.