OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- ConAgra Foods now uses recycled plastic in the trays for its frozen meals, and the company says that should keep about 8 million pounds of plastic out of landfills each year.
Nearly all the trays ConAgra uses in its Healthy Choice, Banquet and Kid Cuisine meals now include 30-to-40 percent recycled plastic.
The Omaha-based company says less energy will be used to produce the new trays.
ConAgra worked with Associated Packaging Technologies to design the trays.
A new process that cleans recycled plastic before it is used in the meal trays was needed, so the new trays could meet government standards for materials that come in direct contact with food.