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RESEARCH
PET FOOD INSTITUTE SHARES FINDINGS ON
CAN RECYCLING
Sustainability opportunities abound in understanding
and increasing pet food can recycling.
By Peter Tabor | peter@petfoodinstitute.org
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The companies that produce complete-and-balanced food
for America's pets take seriously their role in feeding our
country's more than 100 million dogs and cats, as well as
many millions more abroad. They are also proud of their
contribution to the sustainability of US food and agricultural
production, ensuring more of America's harvest is put
to use feeding Americans and their pets. Along with many
American companies and consumers, pet food companies
are looking for ways to realize improved sustainability performance
of their products.
Pet owners are increasingly concerned with reducing
waste and minimizing their environmental footprint,
which may influence purchasing decisions when shopping
for pet products. State policymakers and legislatures
around the country are reflecting their constituents' interest
in packaging sustainability by introducing legislation on
extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs, wherein
manufacturers bear greater responsibility for the life cycle
of both finished products and packaging. Pet food makers
realize the important role they play in addressing packaging
sustainability; many companies have made packaging
commitments a key element of their sustainability efforts.
The ubiquitous pet food can represents a significant opportunity
for pet food makers as they consider high-impact
and achievable sustainable packaging efforts. US pet food
makers use approximately 7 billion metal food cans a year,
about 25% of which are steel and normally used for dog
food, and about 75% of which are aluminum and normally
used for cat food, according to the Can Manufacturers
Institute. While there is no official recycling rate for pet
food cans, there is related information on aluminum and
steel can recycling. The Environmental Protection Agency
reports a 2018 recycling rate of 71% for all steel cans. For
aluminum cans, the recycling rate for used beverage cans
(UBC) was 46% in 2019, according to the Aluminum
Association and Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI). It is
likely pet food cans are recycled at lower rates but, no matter
the exact rate, the point remains: improving pet food
can recycling rates is a significant environmental and economic
opportunity. Metal recycles forever. Used metal pet
food cans add economic value to the recycling system.
Pet food cans are an important part of the packaging
portfolio for pet food makers. Pet owners may prefer dog
and cat food in cans for a variety of reasons. Some research
suggests this demand may grow as shoppers changed their
pet's feeding routines during the COVID-19 pandemic, including
increased use of wet pet food. As pet food brands
meet this consumer demand for complete-and-balanced
nutrition delivered in cans, pet food makers want to know
how aluminum and steel pet food cans flow through the
recycling system, with an eye toward increasing metal pet
food can recycling.
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Processors and
recyclers can
work together
to find solutions
that recover more
materials through
recycling.
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