Hi-Cone 2021 “State of Plastic Recycling” Report Identifies Opportunities for Achieving a Circular Economy

(Itasca, IL – March 23rd 2021) Hi-Cone, a leading supplier of ring carrier multi-packaging systems for global beverage markets and provider of sustainable packaging solutions to major Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) companies has released its second annual State of Plastic Recycling report. As in 2020, Hi-Cone fielded the survey through the international research data and analytics firm, YouGov.

In this second iteration, the research was expanded to determine the public’s understanding of the term ‘circular economy’; to better determine the public’s level of support for recycling; whether the public’s participation in recycling matches their intentions; which groups, institutions and agencies people look to for recycling solutions; and how these organizations can best direct their efforts to increase public engagement.

“Considerable progress has been made in minimizing plastic waste through a robust reuse and recycling infrastructure,” states Shawn Welch, Group President, Packaging Equipment and Consumables Platform. “The information contained in this new report will help stakeholders further accelerate the transition from a traditional, linear economy, in which used products simply become waste, to a far more vibrant and sustainable circular economy.”

The 2021 State of Plastic Recycling report surveyed more than 5,000 adults across the United States, Mexico, Spain and the United Kingdom. It focused on their behaviors, knowledge and attitudes towards plastic packaging recycling and other key aspects of a circular economy for plastics.

In all four countries, respondents identified a key group of stakeholders – packaging manufacturers, consumer goods companies, government and consumers themselves – as being primarily responsible for providing effective plastic recycling resources and solutions. Consumers also indicated a shared responsibility among these core groups for expanding knowledge and influencing behavior toward achieving a circular economy.

The need for ongoing education and greater access to programs and facilities emerged as central themes among those surveyed with fewer than one-third (31%) indicating confidence in understanding what the term “circular economy” means. Despite this lack of certainty, a majority of people indicated personal behaviors that aligned with the phrase’s objectives. More than half (61%) said they recycled three-quarters of their plastic waste. Across all geographies, the reported ratio of recycling participants to non-participants was nine-to-one. More than
three-quarters (78%) of respondents indicated that increasing facilities and/or guidance would positively influence them to recycle plastic more frequently. These findings indicate the possibility for industry stakeholders to further educate and engage the public as well as the potential among consumers for increased participation.

Long a proponent of a circular economy for plastic, Hi-Cone has made considerable strides in its own sustainability journey. Among them are the formation of several cross-industry partnerships, including a recycling partnership with TerraCycle® in the UK, with Avangard Innovative in the US, and the launch of their +50% post-consumer recycled (PCR) content product, RingCycles™, which reduces the company’s use of virgin plastic by more than half. By releasing the report each year, the company aims to provide a comprehensive, up-to-date resource to support its own sustainability efforts as well as those of the packaging industry and across the globe.

Shawn Welch concludes, “As 2021 unfolds, people will re-adjust to life in a post-pandemic world, experiencing many changes; some minor, others profound. Among them will be the
ever-present need for greater action in realizing an efficient and effective circular economy
for plastic. By working together, through focused and purposeful application of the recommendations presented in Hi-Cone’s 2021 State of Plastic Recycling report,
we can all help make these meaningful goals a reality.”

The 2021 State of Plastic Recycling report is available to read and download here: https://hi-cone.com/sustainability/

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By Shawn Welch, Vice President and General Manager of Hi-Cone Worldwide.

As industries across the world are facing unprecedented uncertainty and anticipating the economic implications of the current health crisis, business leaders have the unique opportunity to seize the chance to make lasting, positive changes and re-interpret the business challenges in a positive way – without forgetting or minimizing the toll the pandemic has taken. When trying to identify a way forward, the future must be sustainable. We must take this opportunity to find a more sustainable way for businesses and manufacturers to survive.

 

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EU Green Deal: Creating a circular economy for plastics

Jennifer Perr, Sustainability Director at Hi-Cone explains how the EU Green Deal can impact the packaging industry and transform plastic use for a more sustainable future.

The new EU Green Deal has outlined a plan to boost sustainable industry and eliminate pollution through the building of a circular economy. Key players in the packaging industry have already begun transforming their products and supply chain structures to support more efficient resource use and increased recyclability, but the right steps towards a circular economy are not always obvious, even if they offer huge opportunities for many materials, including plastics.

 

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Hi-Cone Worldwide Joins U.S. Plastics Pact

The supplier of plastic-based multi-packaging systems has committed to achieving four ambitious goals, including ensuring that all of its plastic packaging is 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025.

Hi-Cone Worldwide, a global supplier of plastic-based multi-packaging systems, has joined the U.S. Plastics Pact, a collaborative initiative to forge a path to a circular economy for plastics in the United States by 2025.

“Hi-Cone joining the U.S. Plastics Pact is further evidence of our commitment to creating a circular plastics economy and ensuring this material doesn’t become waste,” said Shawn Welch, Vice President and General Manager of Hi-Cone Worldwide. “The pact is creating substantive change regarding how our country deals with plastic, and Hi-Cone is eager to advance this fundamental shift in the packaging industry.”

 

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Hi-Cone Joins U.S. Plastics Pact

Hi-Cone Worldwide joined U.S. Plastics Pact, a collaboration led by The Recycling Partnership, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

As part of the U.S. Pact, Hi-Cone recognizes that significant, system-wide change is imperative to realize a circular economy for plastics. As such, the U.S. Pact will convene more than 70 brands, retailers, NGOs, and government agencies across the plastics value chain to bring one voice to U.S. packaging through coordinated initiatives and innovative solutions for rethinking products, packaging, and business models.

 

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How a partnership created a ring carrier recycling program

Plastics reclaimer Avangard Innovative will sell millions of pounds of PCR each year to six-pack carrier manufacturer Hi-Cone Worldwide, as the companies expand their existing business relationship.

The two companies recently announced they launched a ring carrier recycling program, though which consumers will be able to return used LDPE six-pack ring carriers to participating stores or mail them straight to Avangard Innovative. Avangard will recycle the plastic and sell PCR to Hi-Cone for use in 50%-recycled-content carriers.

 

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Companies Kick Off Partnership Week to Tackle Plastic Waste

While COVID-19 continues to disrupt local recycling, two companies launched a partnership this week to prevent some of the 9 million tons of plastic waste from ending up in the environment.

Hi-Cone Worldwide, a multi-packaging provider for the beverage industry based in Itasca, Ill., is partnering with Houston, Texas-based Avangard Innovative to launch a “manufacturer-led” consumer recycling program in the U.S.

 

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Avangard, Hi-Cone partner in ring carrier recycling program

Avangard Innovative, a plastics recycler based in Houston, has partnered with Hi-Cone Worldwide, supplier of ring carrier multipackaging systems based in Itasca, Illinois, to launch RingRecycleMe, a program for recycling Hi-Cone’s plastic ring carriers for beverages, which are made of low-density polyethylene (LDPE).

 

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Hi-Cone Responds to Beverage Companies Switching from Plastic to Paperboard Can-Rings

After writing about Coca-Cola European Partners making the switch from plastic can-rings to paperboard, I discovered that several European-based beverage companies have done the same, including beer makers Carlsberg (announced in 2018) and Heineken (announced in November 2019). The goal is to rid the world of plastic can-rings, which are made by global supplier Hi-Cone (Itasca, IL).

 

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