How to separate packaging from food waste

Herewith this article, I’m going to focus on a new and certain thing that most of the production facilities or consumers don’t pay attention to and that separating and saving packaged foods from food waste. The journey of a single food item from farm to fork or from production plant to our dining table can be rather treacherous, as it is picked, boxed, transported, sorted, and re-boxed or in case of processed food, packaged and preserved to start its journey towards the local grocery store and ultimately to our kitchens.

One compromising reality is that 40 percent of the food produced globally within production facilities and preserved never even reaches its final destination as it becomes waste somewhere along the way. This is the harsh reality of processed and produced food products.

Residential food waste

Talking about the residential food waste, around 25 percent of its concentration is due to packaging size or design, for example, food spoiling due to lack of packaging, traces, and a portion of food products sticking to the sides and bottoms of containers or packaging materials, or incapacity of selling or reaching bulk fresh foods for timely consumption. The packaging that can prevent spoilage, or packaging that extends the shelf-life of the product, and packaging adjustments that enable complete consumption of the food products are capable of diverting 280,000 tons of food waste, worth an economic value of $882 million. Putting more emphasis on the ease and convenience of the consumers, together with a drop-in meal prepared and eaten at home, the majority of our food products and necessities are coming packaged from our local grocery store or neighborhood restaurant.

At, the objective is to reduce food waste so that it may create economic opportunity, increases food access, and promotes environmental sustainability. There is a need to re-install and re-furbish our packaging techniques and how we go along with the packaging materials, processes, and how we deliver our final products. It is important to find a way that inculcates the middle scenario of food waste reduction and material sustainability.

We are proactively engaging with industry experts, food businesses across the globe to find ideas, and innovators to promote and accelerate packaging solutions that separate the amount of waste sticking to the food products while delivering its full potential, as well as measuring the sustainable consumption of the food products.

Waste materials

During the processes and separation of waste materials from the food products, the machines used, called De-packagers require highlighting the appropriate characteristics of the food waste by which separation can be done and optimized. For example, color is the easiest way to identify and separate materials, magnetic attraction could also be utilized for the separation of ferrous metals from ground-up pallets.

The key separation codes could also be used for such purposes as these might fall into several common categories like size, weight, density, hardness, magnetism, electrical conductivity, and light refraction. Some materials could also be separated based on more than one code. Progressu.deoffers solutions for such machines and makes them available for your industry under your requirements.


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