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About NextGen Consortium

NextGen Consortium brings brands and industry professionals together to bring fully recoverable hot and cold fiber cup systems to a global scale. It is a multi-year, global consortium that aims to address single-use food packaging waste by advancing the design, commercialization, and recovery of food packaging alternatives. The consortium works across the value chain - with brands, municipalities, material recovery facilities, and manufacturers - to ensure it provides viable market solutions that scale throughout the supply chain and bring value to recovery systems.

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New York, New York,

United States

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Composting Consortium Aims to Advance Recovery of Compostable Packaging, Food Scraps

Nov 10, 2021

Composting Consortium Aims to Advance Recovery of Compostable Packaging, Food Scraps Published 10 hours ago.About a 3 minute read. Image: Biobag has become a popular compostable solution for retailers, consumers and more | Biobag The new Consortium — which includes Closed Loop Partners, PepsiCo, the NextGen Consortium, the US Plastics Pact and other value chain players — aims to pilot industry-wide solutions and map tech and infrastructure investment to advance the circularity of compostable packaging in the US. Today, the Center for the CircularEconomy at Closed LoopPartners launched the CompostingConsortium , togetherwith founding partners PepsiCo and the NextGen Consortium . Amultiyear collaboration, the Consortium brings together leading voices in thecomposting ecosystem in the US to identify the best path forward to increase therecovery of compostable food packaging and drive toward circular outcomes.PepsiCo and the NextGen Consortium — composed of Starbucks,McDonald's and other foodservice brands — are joined by supporting partners Colgate-Palmolive ,Kraft Heinz, Mars and Target , as well as industrypartners the Biodegradable Products Institute and the US PlasticsPact . The Consortium is launching as compostable packaging and compostinginfrastructure continue to evolve. The demand for alternatives to traditional, fossil fuel-based, single-use plasticpackaging continues to rise, and the market for compostable packaging is projected to grow 17 percent annually between 2020 and 2025. Compostable packagingpresents potential environmental, economic and social benefits — diverting foodpackaging and food scraps within the packaging toward composting infrastructure,and mitigating the greenhouse gases emitted when these items otherwise end up inlandfill. To meet the growth in compostable packaging, there needs to be morewidely available composting infrastructure to fully recover the value of thesematerials. "With current market forces and environmental challenges driving the growth ofcompostable packaging, there has never been a more critical time to collectivelyadvance labeling, testing and infrastructure investments related to the recoveryof compostable food packaging and food scraps," says Kate Daly, ManagingDirector of the Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners. "We'reexcited to work together with leading brands and retailers, including PepsiCoand the partners of the NextGen Consortium, as well as the entire compostingvalue chain — from global brands to composters and packaging manufacturers — toaccelerate much-needed solutions." This new collaboration is the latest in Closed Loop Partners' multi-pronged strategy to eradicate plastic waste and pollution — including its work with Target and other major retailers to Reinvent the Retail Bag . And brands such as Bacardi , JustSalad and Neutrogena have made strides in biodegradable and/or compostable product andpackaging solutions, but standards for their composition and recovery remain anissue. The Composting Consortium recognizes the challenges in this growingpackaging sector and calls for unity and clarity across stakeholders. Newcompostable materials need to be researched with diligence and deployedstrategically as one line of defense against waste. The Consortium will work to identify best practices for consumer understandingof compostable packaging labeling and collection; establish when compostableversus reusable or recyclable packaging applications are most appropriate;collaborate on best practices to inform policy making; and build an investmentroadmap for expanding composting infrastructure to recover compostable packagingand food scraps. It brings together leading voices in the US compostingecosystem — including advisory partners Compost Manufacturing Alliance,Foodservice Packaging Institute, Google, ReFED ,the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, TIPA Corp Ltd., UniversityCollege London and World WildlifeFund — to increase the recovery of valuable resources otherwise lost to landfill. "There is increasing awareness of the climate risks posed by food scraps beingwasted in landfills, alongside the challenges of waste from packaging that isnot getting recycled," noted Rhodes Yepsen, Executive Director of theBiodegradable Products Institute. “This is driving broad support for a change tothe status quo, including a desire for widespread access to composting andinnovative compostable packaging that can be composted with the food.Collaboration amongst diverse stakeholders is critical — which the CompostingConsortium brings together, so we can make quick progress."

  • Where is NextGen Consortium's headquarters?

    NextGen Consortium's headquarters is located at New York.

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