Recycled-material – Polyester-filament-yarn 20-05-2022

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-Amcor launches PowerPost technology

Amcor Rigid Packaging (ARP) is announcing the creation and launch of PowerPost. By actively displacing the vacuum in the container after filling, PowerPost technology delivers a bottle nearly one-third lighter, with 30% energy reduction and 30% carbon savings over most 20 oz (600 ml) bottles available today. It also allows for up to 100% recycled material use and is claimed to provide a good consumer experience – no more spills from overflow when consumers first open their beverage.

PowerPost is an advanced lightweighting technology for hot-fill beverages on the market today. PowerPost builds on Amcor’s patented, vacuum-absorbing technology PowerStrap. The PowerPost base has two key technologies: an invertible, central post that actively displaces vacuum, and PowerStrap, the flexible ring surrounding the post. After filling, the post is inverted to actively displace vacuum inside the container and, as the product cools down, the surrounding ring flexes to passively absorb any remaining vacuum.

By eliminating the vacuum panels, PowerPost offers increased design freedom, premium appearance and consumer appeal, while addressing sustainability goals. Eliminating the panels in the body also drives operational improvements at the fillers. Bottle labels are applied more efficiently.

“Our engineers have developed technology that pushes the boundaries of lightweighting in the hot-fill arena to help our customers meet their cost and sustainability needs,” said Terry Patcheak, vice president of R&D, sustainability and project management at ARP. “This next-generation innovation will improve the consumer experience while addressing widespread commitments to reduce material use and lower greenhouse gas emissions.” Recycled-material – Polyester-filament-yarn

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-Industry reacts to passage of Colorado packaging EPR bill

While many industry leaders praised the recent passage of a Colorado bill establishing extended producer responsibility for printed paper and packaging, others are calling for Gov. Jared Polis to veto it.

Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of American Beverage (formerly called the American Beverage Association), said in a press release the legislation “is a model for creating a circular economy for recyclables, and we encourage Gov. Polis to sign this legislation into law.”

“Our 100% recyclable bottles and cans are made to be remade, and one of our industry’s highest priorities is getting them back,” she said, adding that the bill will help reach that goal.  Recycled-material – Polyester-filament-yarn

However, in a statement issued immediately after passage, the American Forest & Paper Association urged Polis to veto the legislation.

“An EPR scheme is not the right policy approach for sustainable paper products,” said Terry Webber, AF&PA’s vice president of industry affairs. “Colorado should instead focus on addressing underfunded and underdeveloped recycling programs.”

The state Senate on May 11 voted 21-14 to approve House Bill 22-1355, which passed the state House of Representatives on May 2. Polis has 30 days to sign the bill into law. The bill became a flashpoint in a wider industry conversation about the pros and cons of the funding concept.

HB22-1355 mandates that companies that sell consumer-facing packaging and some printed paper join a producer responsibility organization (PRO) or submit an individual plan, with exceptions for smaller business and highly regulated packaging, such as medicines. The PRO would then, through dues, fund and manage a statewide recycling system.

The PRO may then use up to 5% of the dues it collects for administration, but cannot use any dues for employee bonuses. Every three years, starting in 2028, the state will also conduct a review of consumer-cost impacts resulting from the program.

Before the plan goes into effect, the PRO must hire an independent third party to do a needs assessment of the state’s current recycling services and what is needed to expand access and improve rates. That must be finished by 2024, according to the bill.

Industry reacts to passage of Colorado packaging EPR bill

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