In 2009 when Dordan discovered that the thermoformed containers it manufactures were not collected for recycling in the majority of American communities, it began an investigation into the complexities of recycling in America, narrated in its then blog, Recycling in America.
This blog caught the attention of Walmart Canada's Sustainable Packaging Coordinator, who was organizing a working group of PET stakeholders to investigate how to increase PET thermoform recycling in Canada.
Invited to serve as the co-lead of this Material Optimization Committee, Dordan worked with Walmart Canada from 2009-2010, learning much of the economics of waste management and how to overcome the obstacles to clamshell recycling.
After the publication of Recycling Report, Dordan was invited to present at industry events on its research and became an integral player in the discourse around thermoform recycling. In 2011 Dordan was awarded the cover feature of Sustainable Manufacturer Magazine for its efforts to recycle clamshell packaging.
In 2012, Moore Recycling Associates reported that PET thermoformed containers are now collected for recycling in the majority of American communities; therefore, the clamshell packaging that Dordan manufactures is officially "recyclable."
As the cost for virgin plastics fell with the over abundance in capacity that characterized the energy market in 2016, post-consumer plastics recycling steadily declined, unable to compete. When the market for post-consumer recycling rebounds, the infrastructure for recycling PC PET thermoforms can be again utilized.