ST. LOUIS — Anchor Packaging LLC has joined Cyclyx International’s Cyclyx Consortium to work on increasing the recyclability of plastic from 10% to 90%.

"Partnering with Cyclyx was an easy decision because their mission and extensive experience enable us to accelerate our work in advancing foodservice sustainability,” said Richard Daniels, Anchor Packaging’s EVP of marketing and custom products. "Anchor Packaging values our role in this work. While packaging's carbon footprint is just a small fraction of the meal itself, in many cases less than 1%, it is uniquely positioned to provide an outsized benefit by protecting food quality to prevent food waste. Improving the recovery of valuable, recyclable food-grade materials only adds to the positive impact packaging provides."

"It's an honor to have Anchor Packaging join our Cyclyx Consortium," said Ron Sherga, Cyclyx's VP of new markets group. "They value working collaboratively with others to deliver superior products. Their willingness to support Cyclyx and our 10to90 mission displays their commitment to advancing their sustainability goals."

In 2021, Anchor Packaging launched its own initiative, Drive for 5, to create new channels for collecting #5 polypropylene, one of the most widely used and highly versatile packaging materials. According to the company, its production currently generates less than 0.5% of waste by recapturing almost all materials used.

“Anchor Packaging's and Cyclyx's collaboration aims to further build recycling pathways and transform what is possible for recycling food-grade plastic,” Anchor Packaging said. “Cyclyx looks to amplify Anchor's post-consumer Drive for 5 collection efforts by helping them reach a wider audience across the value chain and secure higher volumes of #5 PP material. Similarly, Anchor is excited to support the existing 10to90 landfill-diversion programs and actively engage in initiating new pilots. The insights from these initiatives will be instrumental as Anchor and Cyclyx design new programs to increase the recovery of valuable post-consumer material.”