Assessing the Costs of Using Post-Consumer Resin in the Manufacture of Plastic Packaging & Products

The Environment and Climate Change Canada retained RRS to determine the marginal cost of incorporating post-consumer recycled resin (PCR) in certain products and packaging. To that end, RRS built a model that quantifies the marginal cost of incorporating post-consumer resin (PCR) in the manufacture of five plastic items, including four packaging formats and garbage bags.

Because the assessment was designed to reflect the marginal cost of using PCR in manufacturing, the model includes only the costs incurred during the conversion process – when the PCR is utilized to produce a product or packaging. It does not reflect the costs of reclaiming post-consumer plastics and producing PCR to the specification required by the converter or the cost of acquiring PCR feedstock.


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