AMERIPEN's Product Recovery Knowledge Maps

What are the Product Recovery Knowledge Maps?

The AMERIPEN Product Recovery Knowledge Maps, or PRKM, house high-quality fact-based information to support optimized packaging material recovery. The PRKM are Web-based matrices of primarily publicly available data and report findings, designed to house data in an interactive way. One PRKM was developed for each of the AMERIPEN Recovery Work Group's three teams: Packaging Material Data, Collection and Processing Infrastructure, and Recovery Systems.

How to use the PRKM:
  • Click on the above tabs to view each of the PRKMs: 
    • Packaging Material Data
    • Collection and Processing Infrastructure
    • Recovery Systems
  • Each cell within the PRKM contains an active link to the content within the PRKM.
  • Roll your cursor over a cell within the PRKM to highlight it; click the cell to view a pop-up box with additional summary content details.
    • Click "Learn More" to open the content page behind the knowledge map.
    • Click the "x" in the upper right-hand corner to close the pop-up box.

Who developed the PRKM?

The Increased Recovery of Used Packaging Work Group - or Recovery Work Group for short - was charged with developing a fact-based understanding of packaging material recovery in the United States.  The Recovery Work Group completed that task, and the summary of its findings are housed within the PRKM. The Recovery Work Group is currently identifying opportunities for strategic interventions and collaborative partnerships in the arenas of the recovery infrastructure, education, and local and state participation strategies.

A special thank you to the AMERIPEN Recovery Work Group. The team leaders and members contributed their time and expertise to make this effort possible.

To learn more about becoming an AMERIPEN member, visit ameripen.org/membership.

Questions?  Contact Karen Bandhauer at kbandhauer@recycle.com


A free podcast is now available from AMERIPEN highlighting the PRKM. Download the Windows Media File here.