Graham Packaging targets 100 percent recyclability

Graham Packaging targets 100 percent recyclability

Global packaging firm’s sustainability report portrays a commitment to recycling.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based Graham Packaging has announced the release of its 2018 Annual Sustainability Report. The company, which describes itself as a global leader in the design and manufacturing of innovative and sustainable plastic packaging, says the report provides an overview of its “commitment to helping create a circular economy, which aims to minimize waste through the use of available resources.”

“We understand the ubiquitous role plastic plays in the daily lives of consumers,” says Mike King, CEO of Graham Packaging. “As leaders in the plastic packaging industry, Graham Packaging has always been driven to find sustainable solutions for our customers. This report shines a light on our company’s legacy of innovation while offering a glimpse into our roadmap for delivering innovative, sustainable packaging solutions to markets we serve around the world.”

A pledge signed by the company commits it to making its full line of packaging 100 percent recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. Included in this effort are initiatives such as designing for recyclability, acquiring and introducing more recycled content into products and reducing the barriers to recyclability through the use of bio-based and chemically recycled plastics.

The report outlines other Graham Packaging sustainability efforts, including what it calls its ongoing commitment to increase the recycling infrastructure, minimizing water and energy use in its plants, and reducing the carbon footprint by lightweighting products.

Graham Packaging makes and sells customized blow-molded plastic containers into the food and beverage, household and automotive lubricants and other markets. The company says its flagship manufacturing facility is in York, Pennsylvania, while it produces more than 16 billion container units annually at nearly 70 plants in North America, Asia, Europe and South America. In 2011, Graham Packaging was acquired by Reynolds Group Holdings.