The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment’s Product Recovery Knowledge Maps, a web-based tool that aims to increase recovery rates for packaging material, has gone live to the public on the company’s web site.
The product was previously reserved for Ameripen members only. Now most aspects of it have been made freely available.
PKRMs are web-based matrices of primarily publicly-available data and report findings, designed to house data in an interactive way. One PRKM has been developed for each of the Ameripen Recovery Work Group’s three teams: Packaging Material Data, Collection and Processing Infrastructure, and Recovery Systems.
Users can click on a matrix to compare different packaging materials’ quality issues, recovery rates, public participation in recycling, environmental attributes and costs. Further information of each of these attributes is available by clicking through for detailed analysis of the packaging products. Information in the PKRMs covers aluminum, glass, paper, plastic, steel and wood.
The aim of the product is to help determine the next most logical steps to drive recovery of packaging materials.
Click here to use the PKRMs.
Ameripen aims to improve and promote the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of packaging through increased material recovery rates, better packaging design and materials selection, and public awareness. The organization was launched in 2011 by a consortium of companies including Colgate-Palmolive and Procter & Gamble.