|2012 F&B Pkging Mtg|
The ZWA Blog post, Sustainable Foodservice Packaging Meeting, gives an overview of the first annual meeting that set the stage for the 2012 meeting. It was empowering to realize the industry progress over the past 12 months with many new industry working groups and projects established throughout the year. The following lists the organizations registered for the meeting:
- Container Recycling Institute
- D.C. Environmental Network
- Elemental Impact
- Foodservice Packaging Institute
- Glass Packaging Institute
- Global Green | Coalition for Resource Recovery
- GreenBlue Institute | Sustainable Packaging Coalition
- Institute for Self-Reliance | Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative
- Keep America Beautiful
- National Restaurant Association
- U.S. Composting Council
In the morning, each organization presented on their mission, stakeholders, 2012 activities and finished with planned 2013 projects. The meeting agenda, PPT presentations and attendee list are available for download on the Ei Meetings & Events page.
With the group well-acquainted, the afternoon consisted of a strategy session on the challenges and barriers for sustainable uses and disposal of food and beverage packaging. Within the vibrant discussion several common topics prevailed: Best Practices, Policies & Regulations and Cyberspace Network (some prefer the term social media) communication tools.
- a Life Cycle approach for foodservice operators is key
- the hierarchy of end uses must consider local options and infrastructure
- reliable metrics are important for baselines and tracking success - current national publicized waste stats may be 40% plus understated.
Brenda Platt (ILSR)
giving her presentation
The common thread through the policy discussion centered on incentive-based regulations and consumer responsibility. Extended Product Responsibility coupled with Extended Consumer Responsibility - the entire value & product usage chain holds responsibility for spent products', along with by-products generated during production & usage, destination.
Other policy discussions points included:
- develop national policy to serve as guidelines for local implementation
- garner industry support for policies & regulations
- work in unison across the entire value chain
- develop strong economic incentives, including commodity market risk sharing, so action is voluntary; thus, not requiring regulations
In the closing remarks, the group decided an annual meeting was important with direct communication throughout the year. In the first quarter, many of the participants will attend the January USCC Annual Conference, The Magic of Compost, and the Charlotte Ei Partner Tours in early March. With synergies ignited, informal rendezvous at various meetings and conferences will keep the energy strong until the December, 2013 annual gathering.
Scott & Lily Kelly (CoRR)
enjoying the reception
For a pictorial recap of the meeting, visit the Ei FB album, BUILDING THE PATH: Exploring the Value Chain of F&B Packaging. While on the Ei FB page, please like it!
As with most Ei events, the formal meeting ended with a casual wine reception, an excellent vehicle to relax and ground the powerful energy from the intense, important day. New and long-time friends toasted to the successful meeting. Stay tuned for updates throughout the year!