What is Post-consumer Waste Recycled Packaging?

Post-consumer recycled packaging, often referred to as PCR, is material that is made from the items that consumers recycle every day, like aluminum, cardboard boxes, paper, and plastic bottles.

Post-consumer waste recycling refers to the process of collecting, sorting, and reprocessing materials that have been discarded after consumer use. In our PCR flexible packaging options, these materials are predominantly PET and PE, and are transformed into flexible films, reducing the need for virgin materials and minimizing waste sent to landfills.

Importance of Mono-Materials in Recycling

Mono-materials, such as PET from bottles, are highly recyclable and play a vital role in post-consumer waste recycling initiatives. These materials are preferred for their compatibility in recycling streams, ensuring efficient processing and maximizing resource recovery.

Post-consumer waste recycling is a cornerstone of sustainable packaging solutions, embodying Elk's commitment to environmental stewardship and innovation. By embracing post-consumer waste recycling, we can mitigate environmental impact, conserve resources, and create a greener future for generations to come.

Packaging Formats

Gusseted Stand-up Pouch, 2 or 3 Side Seal, Roll-stock

Available Gauges

1.9 to 5.0 mil
OTR Film Barrier = 0.05
MVTR Film Barrier= 0.15

Finishing Options

Matte Coating, Spot Gloss, Zip-lock, Powder-proof Zip-lock, Window, Made from PCR (Post Consumer Waste Resin)

Appropriate Products

Heavy Products, Snacks, Flours, Pet Food, Cleaning Products


SB 54 is a landmark packaging law that requires 100% of packaging in the state of California to be recyclable or compostable by 2032. This means a 25% cut in plastic packaging and 65% of all single-use plastic packaging must be recycled.

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