Next Markets

Exploring how companies can support current and future end markets to create more demand for recycled materials.

This Collaborative’s mission is to work together to identify opportunities and best practices for using recycled content in durable goods and in packaging with an end goal of increasing the demand for recycled content.  The Collaborative will develop partnerships, commitments and success strategies that SPC members can implement inside their organization.

SPC team lead:

Trina Matta, Senior Manager


  • Kim Carswell, Target, 
  • Tamsin Ettefagh, Envision
  • Dave McLain, Printpack

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To support a strong recycling market, we must have strong end markets. So how can different players along the value chain (from retailers to NGOs to preprocessors) support end markets in their business?


Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs)

Make quality bales

  • Invest in technology to help sort multiple types of plastics
  • Invest in technology to separate films from other  recyclable commodities
  • Example technologies include: NIR sorters, film grabbers, density-based air separators, ballistic separators


Resin Suppliers

Make PCR material market ready

  • Work with customers to find ways to incorporate PCR into their products
  • Conduct research and development projects to make recycled grades as high performing as virgin grades (i.e. thermal stability tests, degradation studies, etc.)


Equipment Suppliers

Make material market ready

  • Invest in new technologies, such as filtration equipment for inclusion reduction, compounding equipment for gel reduction and devolitizing equipment



Invest in continuous improvement

  • Invest in improved processing technology (venting, filtration, additives, devoltizing)
  • Provide source transparency (high level)
  • Communicate and collaborate with MRFs on quality needs



Test material for new markets

  • Invest in the development of packaging that supports circularity
  • Test recycled content to see how it performs – try different percentages of recycled materials
  • Help vet the supply chain
  • Invest in necessary equipment
  • Help search for additional customers/end markets


Brands & Retailers

Incorporate recycled content in products and operations

  • Look for ways to use recycled content in your brands:
    • Be specific (i.e. how much you want in, what the source should be, etc). Be clear about the vision of the goal will get you there faster
    • Consider what you are willing to change (performance specs, appearance, costs). Where is there room to be flexible?
    • Help search for more end markets in your supply chain, use global leverage
    • Align your goals with recycled content end markets
    • Leverage connection to consumers to understand where they are and what they are looking for
    • Get reporting and information flow with suppliers
    • Share learnings with industry peers


NGOs and Others

Promote action & help industry

  • Use data to drive action. Pictures elicit an emotional response while data directs that response into powerful change
  • Challenge the value chain to not accept the status quo and to continuously improve
  • Be specific about the details of policy


We want this website to evolve to be a one-stop shop for end market resources. If we are missing something, please send us a note!

Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s Design for Recycled Content Guide

ASTRX – Applying Systems Thinking to Recycling

ASTRX – Navigating The Recycling System

More Recycling Buy Recycled Database

New End Market Opportunities (NEMO) 
Led by the Plastics Industry Association
Goal – To determine ways to strip out processing costs to find new end markets for recycled plastic bags and wraps.

APR Demand Champions:
Led by The Association of Plastic Recyclers

APR Recycling Demand Champions commit to purchase new volume PCR through “work in process” (WIP) durable goods, or other applications for PCR, and thereby play a prominent role in expanding the market for mixed residential plastics, driving investment, increasing supply and producing more high quality PCR. This campaign also includes any and all NEW applications for PCR.

Each company below signed the APR Recycling Demand Champion Commitment Letter.  These forward thinking, proactive organizations are playing a prominent role in expanding the market for mixed residential plastics, thus driving domestic investment, and increasing high-quality PCR supply

Materials Recovery for the Future (MRFF)
Members of the Materials Recovery for the Future Collaborative share a simple vision: Flexible packaging is recycled curbside and the recovery community captures value from it.