The ABCs Of RPCs

Today, more companies are putting RPCs to use from field to store shelf.


  • RPCs produce 95 percent less total solid waste:
  • RPCs generate 29 percent less total greenhouse gas emissions than do DRCs for corresponding produce applications.
  • The study also fond that multiple trips, or turns, in an RPC closed operating system lead to materials efficiencies that create relatively low environmental burdens. In the DRC system, a container is manufactured for each trip to retail Even when recovery and recycling rates for DRCs are high, the production step, including recycling, creates a higher level of burdens. In the case of RPCs and DRCs, multiple reuses of RPCs result in lower environmental burdens than single--trip DRC containers.

    Based on the findings of the study, the RPCC concludes that for produce applications, reuse with a closed--loop recycling at end of life is the most efficient means of reducing not only solid waste, but also energy use and green--house gas emissions.

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