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Sustainable Packaging Coalition®

April 14, 2021

Value of Compostable Packaging

While food waste is hardly a new phenomenon, the private and public sectors alike have only recently emphasized food waste as a critical material to manage for both waste diversion and greenhouse gas reduction.

Though compost manufacturers readily accept back-of-house food waste from foodservice operations, they are often reluctant to accept front-of-house waste due to concerns of contamination. By using a complete suite of compostable food serviceware, not only can contamination be mitigated as consumers are able to easily dispose of food and packaging together, but compostable packaging can help deliver maximum food scraps to compostables bins. Despite compostable packaging's capacity to act as a vehicle for food scrap diversion, a minority of composting facilities accept compostable packaging.

The Value of Compostable Packaging Report explores how compostable packaging may enable increased food scrap diversion, building feedstock for compost manufacturers. To illuminate this opportunity, the Report uses five waste characterizations to analyze the quantities of both food and compostable packaging in front-of-house and back-of-house settings at each venue.

By understanding the amount of food waste that compostable packaging can bring to a compostables bin in different settings, compost manufacturers and venues can make informed decisions that ultimately divert waste and reduce emissions.

Download the full report HERE and view other SPC resources HERE

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