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11-13-2013

Amcor Rigid Plastics is National Sponsor of America Recycles Day 2013

Amcor Rigid Plastics, Manchester, Mich., USA, has announced its participation as a national sponsor of America Recycles Day 2013, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful, a U.S.-based non-profit organization that focuses on consumer environmental education and awareness. Amcor joins Anheuser-Busch, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, and Waste Management as national sponsors of the Nov. 15 event. In recognition of the event, Amcor plans activities at many of its U.S. sites to increase co-worker knowledge and educate local communities about the importance of recycling.

figure: Amcor

figure: Amcor

A total of 11 Amcor sites are planning America Recycles Day activities, aimed to engage both co-workers and the community in the economic and environmental importance of recycling. The company’s Ann Arbor, Mich. headquarters is conducting office recycling education activities and volunteering at Ann Arbor’s local recycling drop-off location to promote community-wide recycling education. Meanwhile, Amcor’s Batavia, Ill. production facility is organizing an electronic recycling event and has teamed up with Mooseheart Child City and School Inc. in Mooseheart, Ill. to educate children on the importance of recycling.

Each of Amcor’s 34 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Canada have a waste reduction team that explores innovative and cost-effective ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle material that had previously gone to landfills. The company has engaged its workforce by organizing “Smash Trash” teams consisting of dedicated co-workers that work to identify and implement waste reduction processes and share best practices across its North American sites.

Many brand owners are increasingly using recycled materials in their packaging. In addition to enhancing brand equity, using post-consumer recycled (PCR) PET has a number of environmental benefits. Recycling reduces the amount of plastic sent to landfills and using PCR helps to support the recycling infrastructure. Using recycled PET means that less fossil fuel is needed to make new, virgin resin. Recycled PET also requires less energy to produce, resulting in a lower carbon footprint than virgin PET.

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