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.

Clamshell recycling

Plastics in Packaging cover story on Dordan's efforts to recycle clamshell packaging