It's widely assumed that although packaging clearly does its job of protecting food, food residue also provides a barrier to recycling.
Or does it?
A new study from The Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) found there was no appreciable difference in the amount of contamination between foodservice packaging and broader types of food packaging typically accepted in curbside recycling programs.
FPI's Paper Recovery Alliance and Plastics Recovery Group are working on overcoming barriers that potentially hinder increased recovery of foodservice packaging. One of the often-cited reasons cities do not accept foodservice packaging in their curbside programs is a concern about increased levels of food contamination. FPI says the study offered the opportunity to better understand whether food contamination was a real or perceived barrier....