Designing for Recyclability
Kraft Heinz is a member of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), the international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry, leveraging the APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability to help design recyclable plastic packaging. Additionally, Kraft Heinz is a member of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), a membership-based collaborative that believes in the power of industry to make packaging more sustainable. The SPC works to make packaging that is good for people and the environment, in support of its mission to “bring packaging sustainability stakeholders together to catalyze actionable improvements to packaging systems and lend an authoritative voice on issues related to packaging sustainability.”
Flexible Packaging Recycled into Roofing Material:
In 2020, Kraft Heinz completed a pilot project to demonstrate the use of roof board made from recycled flexible packaging. The test was made possible by the Company’s participation in Materials Recovery For the Future (MRFF), a non-profit research collaborative that set out to determine the technical and economic feasibility to collect, sort, bale and recycle flexible plastic packaging.
The project installed roofing material made from post-consumer flexible plastic into two Kraft Heinz manufacturing plants, in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin and in Holland, Michigan. The materials were installed late in the year and comprised of 4’ X 8’ boards, with 94 percent of each board made of post-consumer recycled plastic and fiber.