Product examples: baby food, nut butters.
Common materials: mixes of nylon, PET, PP, PE, metalized PET and/or aluminum foil laminated together.
-The majority of squeeze pouches are currently not recyclable due to multiple laminate layers and food residue.
-New mono-material PP options are coming to market, but they are not recyclable at this time.
Challenges to consider:
-Squeeze pouches are composed of different plastic resins laminated together. -This makes it difficult for recyclers to separate the materials and properly sort the packaging.
-Even if a squeeze pouch is made with a recyclable mono-material, it won’t be properly sorted by a MRF through a curbside collection program. The only way to recycle a material and format such as this would be through participating in-store drop-off programs.
-Implement single-material pouches and educated consumers on end-of-life.
-Use a different format made of recyclable material.