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The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) has published a new guide, Understanding the Role of Compostable Packaging in North America, to help companies understand where and how compostable packaging can fit into their sustainable packaging portfolio. 

Compostable packaging is increasingly part of global sustainable packaging commitments, but its full potential has not yet been realized. When used in the right applications, compostable packaging can create a simplified consumer dining experience, a cleaner recycling stream, and serve as a solution for non-recyclable packaging. More broadly, compostable packaging can be part of healthy biological loops in the circular economy, diverting food waste from landfills, and contributing to compost that helps soil serve as a carbon sink. 

Compostable packaging is not a blanket solution for all packaging problems. Rather, it should be used in applications where it helps divert food waste out of landfills and into compost bins, reduce food scrap contamination of recyclable materials, or replace non-recyclable packaging. 

The guide helps brands prevent problems down the road by evaluating which applications are the best fit for compostable packaging. It offers a checklist for compostability and guidance for which packaging shouldn’t be designed to be compostable.  

What might compostable packaging look like in the next decade? And more importantly, what will the ecosystem of collection, access, and consumer engagement surrounding compostable packaging be? The guide offers a glimpse into what the future of compostable packaging can look like if stakeholders work together to actively address today’s challenges. 

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