Download: How Clamshells became Recyclable & Recycled

5 years in 45 minutes...

That's how long it took me to explain the story of how thermoformed packaging-- like the clamshells Dordan manufactures-- became recyclable, at the Sustainable Manufacturer Conference. From landfilled in 2009, to collected for recycling in 2013, to actually being recycled in 2015, PET thermoformed packaging is now a sustainable packaging solution.

Presentation includes:

  • Overview of 2009 Report, "The Truth about Blister & Clamshell Recycling in America" and 2013 Report, "The State of Postconsumer PET Thermoformed Packaging Recycling, Past, Present & Future."

  • Narrative of clamshell packagings' journey from landfill to curb-side collection. 

  • Results of PET thermoform recycling pilot, including descriptions of the different collection, sortation and processing tactics implemented.