While a variety of collaborative programs exist to address plastics in the economy and develop new circular solutions, such efforts are predominantly focused on post-consumer single-use plastics with more limited attention to post-industrial waste streams. Leading companies across industries have established clear goals around waste reduction and zero waste to landfill but can be challenged in finding practical solutions for recycling of post-industrial contaminated plastics. While challenges with contaminated materials vary across industries, initial investigation by GEMI indicates that there is a specific challenge and potential opportunity to provide value to GEMI members in this area. One specific area of interest relates to recycling of post-industrial food film packaging contaminated with animal byproducts from the protein industry.
GEMI’s vision is to develop a Post-Industrial Contaminated Plastic Work Group to engage key stakeholders across the value chain to foster pre-competitive collaborative cross-industry dialogue and develop business-driven solutions that can enhance domestic recycling and material management capabilities for potentially contaminated post-industrial plastics while increasing value for stakeholders across the value chain.
Based on GEMI’s investigations into this area, this work group will launch with an initial project focused on unique challenges related to post-industrial contaminated food film packaging. The goal of this initial project is to develop a model that could be replicated to address similarly challenging post-industrial contaminated waste streams from other industries. Phase 1 of this project is designed to identify and organize a collaborative group of key stakeholders from across the value chain to develop a landscape assessment document outlining challenges, issues for industry consideration, and activities already underway by companies and organizations related to recycling post-industrial contaminated food film packaging.
Current GEMI members and project participants committed to participate in this project include: ExxonMobil Chemical, Food Marketing Institute, Sealed Air, Smithfield Foods, Sodexo, Tyson Foods and Waste Management
To learn more about this GEMI project and opportunities for participation as either a GEMI member or non-member project participant, please contact Kellen Mahoney. .
On December 5, the Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) held its Fall Membership meeting at the Army & Navy Club in Washington, DC. The meeting was sponsored by GEMI members Schlumberger and Smithfield Foods.
GEMI provides a forum for global corporate environmental / sustainability thought leaders to learn from each other, develop collaborative solutions, and engage with strategic partners to advance solutions to emerging environmental and sustainability challenges.
This meeting included in-depth discussion on topics such as engaging and collaborating with suppliers on sustainability goals, as well as understanding and addressing barriers / opportunities in moving toward a circular economy. The meeting also included discussions on planned GEMI activities in 2019, including initiatives related to supplier engagement / collaboration, recycling of contaminated post-industrial plastics, developing a 10-year map of future forces impacting sustainability, and continuing engagement with industry trade associations working on sustainability efforts.
The meeting included expert speakers from GEMI members and guests organizations such as American Chemistry Council, EcoVadis, ExxonMobil, Manufacture 2030, Plastics Industry Association, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Responsible Battery Coalition, Sealed Air, Smithfield Foods, UL Environment and Waste Management and World Economic Forum.
For more information about GEMI and participation in upcoming activities, visit www.gemi.org or email GEMI’s Program Manager Kellen Mahoney at firstname.lastname@example.org
GEMI is a global leader in developing insights, networking, and creating collaborative sustainability solutions for business. For 25 years, GEMI has captured the vision and experience of global corporate environmental, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability leaders from diverse business sectors through the development of a wide range of publicly-available, solutions-based tools designed to help companies improve the environment, their operations and add business value.
GEMI will hold a membership meeting on December 5, from 7:30AM – 3:00PM, at The Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square (901 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006). The meeting will include GEMI member and guest speaker presentations on topics such as circular economy, supply chain sustainability and industry-level sustainability initiatives. Thanks to GEMI members Schlumberger and Smithfield Foods for sponsoring this meeting.
Corporate environmental and sustainability representatives may apply to attend the meeting as GEMI’s guest. To request an invitation to the meeting, please complete the following: