New Website and Toolkit Offer Resources to Increase Recovery of Foodservice Packaging

The newly launched Foodservice Packaging Recovery Toolkit, found at, provides free resources for recovering foodservice packaging, thanks to a multi-year effort with input from many stakeholders.

“Recovering cups, containers, boxes, bags and other foodservice packaging is a topic of intense interest not only for consumers but also for the foodservice packaging supply chain and those in the recycling and composting industries,” said Lynn M. Dyer, president of the Foodservice Packaging Institute. “We’ve created this toolkit to respond to the questions and needs of many different stakeholders involved in the recovery process.”

The toolkit, developed by FPI’s Paper Recovery Alliance and Plastics Recovery Group, is separated into different sections based on target audiences. For communities, material recovery facilities and end markets, the toolkit highlights studies done by the PRA and PRG, maps out potential end markets for recycled material and shares case studies of successful foodservice packaging recovery.

With help from the National Restaurant Association, a section was incorporated for foodservice operators, which offers step-by-step guidance for implementing an in-store recycling and/or composting program. Resources include free downloadable and customizable forms and templates, educational videos and a first-of-its-kind map highlighting recycling and composting policies that may impact foodservice operators in the U.S. and Canada.

An additional section, currently under development, will be geared toward operators of composting and anaerobic digestion facilities.

To showcase the new website and toolkit, FPI is presenting a free webinar on April 21 at 2:00 PM eastern. Click here to register. Space is limited, and registration is required.

For more information on FPI’s recovery efforts, contact FPI Vice President Natha Dempsey at

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ABOUT FPI: Founded in 1933, the Foodservice Packaging Institute is the leading authority for the North American foodservice packaging industry. FPI encourages the responsible use of all foodservice packaging through promotion of its benefits and members’ products. Serving as the voice of the industry to educate and influence stakeholders, FPI provides a legal forum to address the challenges and opportunities facing the foodservice packaging industry. Members include foodservice packaging manufacturers and their raw material and machinery suppliers, restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, distributors and nearly 50 school districts, colleges and universities. Learn more at

ABOUT PRA AND PRG: The Paper Recovery Alliance and Plastics Recovery Group were formed under the Foodservice Packaging Institute to create voluntary, market-based solutions for the recovery and processing of used paper and plastic foodservice packaging, respectively. Members include stakeholders from throughout the packaging and recovery value chains. Learn more at

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