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Creating Clarity on the Pathway to Circularity

Navigating the recycling system has historically been challenging, in part because there are no widely accepted recyclability standards. Our Pathway to Circularity for Packaging, another example of collaboration to solve a complex challenge, was created to wash away the gray and bring necessary clar[...]

Navigating the Pathway to Circularity for Product Protection

An exploration of circular solutions for foam packaging Packaging plays a critical role in protecting products — including everything from food to household goods – from being harmed during their journey from conveyor belts to household shelves. But to reach a truly circular economy in the U[...]

The Recycling Partnership Responds to Comments on Recyclability Framework 

Widespread feedback signals importance of Framework and need for transparent, cohesive guidelines  FALLS CHURCH, Va. (Dec. 14, 2021) – The Recycling Partnership today published responses to public comments on its Pathway to Circularity Recyclability Framework. A-first-of-its-kind opportunity for [...]

The Recycling Partnership Announces First-Ever U.S. Circular Economy Roadmap

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New “Bridge to Circularity” Report Calls for $500 Million by 2025 to Transform the U.S. Recycling System Report Emphasizes Need for Creating New Pathways to Recyclability, Unlocking Post-Consumer Material Supply, and Crafting Bold, Transformative Policies Supported by Cut[...]

Bridge to Circularity

It’s time to develop a circular economy for packaging in the U.S. We’re launching several new initiatives to start building the Bridge to Circularity, including Recycling 2.0 – an opportunity for all stakeholders to collaborate to develop the recycling system of the future.

New Circular Packaging Spotlight for a Few Familiar Formats

Solutions for recyclable packaging are not one-size-fits-all. From aluminum beverage cans to glass bottles, each specific packaging material and format has its own unique recycling benefits and challenges, like design features or sorting technology. But addressing complex problems in siloes won’t [...]

Expediting Circularity through U.S. Plastics Pact

Plastic pollution is a global crisis. To confront this emergency in the U.S., industry leaders recognized that individual action would not be enough; transformative, systemwide change is required to establish a path toward a circular economy for plastic. Founded as a solutions-driven consortium by T[...]

Overcoming Recycling Challenges through Coalitions

When a package or material does not meet the criteria for recyclability (see page 23, Pathway to Circularity), companies are encouraged to take action. Coalitions can address the recycling challenges of today and consider solutions for the challenges of tomorrow. The Partnership currently leads thre[...]

Film and Flexibles Recycling Coalition Grant Advances Film Recovery

System solutions for film recovery and recycling are desperately needed to help address the full scale of the plastic waste crisis and save millions of tons of plastic materials from landfills. The Recycling Partnership’s Film and Flexibles Recycling Coalition is on the cutting edge of this wo[...]

Nashville Receives Investment to Support Increased Recycling Collection

The Recycling Partnership, American Beverage, and the Beverage Association of Tennessee invest in education for enhanced recycling collection, expected to generate millions of new pounds of recyclable material   WASHINGTON D.C. – The City of Nashville on January 11 announced the launch of enhanc[...]

Blog: Plastic IQ – Advancing Company Decision-Making on Plastics

By Ben Dixon, Partner, SYSTEMIQ & Keefe Harrison, CEO, The Recycling Partnership The challenge of plastic waste is too big to ignore and too difficult to solve alone. Good work to collectively reduce the use of virgin plastic and build recycling solutions for more types of plastics is underway. [...]

Addressing the Challenge of Film and Flexible Packaging Data

Film and flexible packaging is unlike other packaging when it comes to recycling. For starters, it’s not a single packaging type – the term encompasses a wide range of packaging, from polyethylene (PE) air pillows protecting e-commerce goods to heavy-duty dog food bags, to salty snack bags with [...]

The Recycling Partnership Releases Strategy for Improving U.S. Recycling

On America Recycles Day the nation’s leading recycling NGO issues 5-Point Plan to give Americans a better recycling system. Washington, D.C., Nov. 15, 2022 – The Recycling Partnership, a mission-driven NGO committed to advancing a circular economy by building a better recycling system, is a[...]

The Recycling Partnership Reports Impact to Date on Aluminum Recycling

Recycling Initiative Drives Capture of 4.1 Million New Pounds of Aluminum Annually   WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 4, 2023) – The Recycling Partnership reported today on the impact of its Aluminum Recycling Initiative (Initiative). Under the Initiative five grants have been issued for the continued a[...]

Unlocking System Change through PET Recycling  

By: Adam Gendell, Circular Ventures Director   Plastic packaging circularity may seem like a daunting endeavor, but it’s possible. Just take an in-depth look at PET packaging, which is an example of how we can build on successes to support an effective plastic recycling system.    Polyethylene[...]

Furthering Equity in Recycling through Partnership and Practice

Recycling unlocks our potential to improve the planet and creates economic opportunity, but it only works when we can all make a difference. Here’s the thing: Depending on where you live, access to recycling is not equitable. For example, it’s more difficult to recycle if you live in a multifami[...]

Film and Flexibles Packaging: The Path Forward

Recycling is unique. It is a complex, interwoven system where all parts of the value chain need to work for recycling to work. Each piece of the equation is important and cannot be overlooked.  When evaluating the recyclability and ultimately circularity of various packaging, it is important to ack[...]

On-the-ground Engagement at the Upcoming Plastic Pollution Treaty INC-1

On November 26, hundreds of stakeholders from across the globe will travel to Uruguay, to kick off the first of five sessions of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution. This marks the beginning of formal U.N. memb[...]

Heineken USA Blog: A Win For Recycling

This article originally appeared on Heineken USA’s blog on Aug. 2, 2017.  To the great people of Europe: thanks for sharing! Teams from the top soccer leagues in the world touched down in the U.S. this summer for the fifth installment of the International Champions Cup and the competition was[...]

Waste360: Corporations to Revitalize Plastics Market

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has a new plan to increase demand for recyclable plastics in North America, and with help from The Recycling Partnership, it is calling upon manufacturers and retailers to make it work. Companies joining the Recycle Demand Champions initiativewill instruct[...]

Investing in Multifamily Communities Pays Dividends 

Known for its theme parks and tourism, Orlando, Florida is making a name for itself in another way: Recycling. A forward-thinking community with a deep-rooted commitment to environmental equity, Orlando strives to become a “zero waste” community by 2040. Adequate, efficient, and equitable recycl[...]

Fifth Round of MRF Grants Spur Modernization, Impacting Millions Nationwide

A critical component to creating a circular system, one where used packaging can be made into recycled material again and again, is a healthy and efficient materials recovery facility (MRF) system. The Recycling Partnership’s Paying It Forward report estimates the U.S. needs to invest $3 billion t[...]

PET Recycling Grants for MRFs and Processors

The Recycling Partnership’s PET Recycling Coalition, which brings together a robust group of stakeholders to drive improvements that transform the PET recycling landscape, provides grants to materials recovery facilities (MRFs), PET reclaimers, and other entities that sort, sell, and/or reclaim PE[...]

It’s Time to Come to our System Senses 

I just hopped off the stage at Circularity ’22 and a few things stand out to me about this national drive to improve recycling and launch a circular economy.  Clearly people are frustrated that recycling hasn’t fixed the waste problem yet.  But before we jump to recycling’s failings, let’[...]

Driving Packaging Strategies with Plastic IQ

As U.S. companies seek to reduce waste, meet sustainability goals, and stay competitive, many are committing to ambitious packaging strategies designed to end plastic waste. But not all companies have data-driven resources to define these strategies. Plastic IQ is a free, digital strategy-building t[...]

Empowering People to Recycle Right

If every home in the U.S. had convenient access to recycling, more than half of recyclable material would still be lost. Why? Because most Americans are confused about what and how to recycle. No recycling system performs at a high level without winning the hearts and minds of consumers to use it pr[...]

Statement on Passage of California SB 54

This statement can be attributed to Dylan de Thomas, Vice President of External Affairs, The Recycling Partnership:   “The Recycling Partnership applauds the passage of California’s SB 54, a transformational piece of legislation which will help drive circularity for California’s pack[...]

By The Numbers Webinar: Unpacking the Data Behind Plastics Recycling

In October 2022, The Recycling Partnership kicked off By the Numbers, a new webinar series for industry stakeholders focused on current trends in the U.S. recycling system and a circular economy. The first webinar in this series was held on October 26 and unpacked the data behind plastics recycling[...]

By The Numbers Webinar: Transforming U.S. Recycling with EPR

The Recycling Partnership’s By The Numbers webinar series kicked off 2023 with a special webinar in partnership with Resource Recycling’s Policy Now. By The Numbers Webinar: Transforming U.S. Recycling with EPR, designed for municipal and industry stakeholders as well as policymakers, took a d[...]

Earth Day 2023: A Call to Invest In Our Planet

Investing in Our Planet Takes All of Us. On Earth Day and Every Day, We Can Start by Building a Better Recycling System. Earth Day’s 2023 theme – Invest In Our Planet is centered around engaging more than 1 billion people, all levels of government, organizations and companies that participate in[...]

Film & Flexible Recycling Grants

The Recycling Partnership’s Film & Flexibles Recycling Coalition provides grants to materials recovery facilities (MRFs), reclaimers, recycling drop-off centers, and end-markets across the United States that sort, clean, sell, and/or reclaim film and flexibles derived from U.S. residential[...]

Recycle Check Deep Dive With General Mills

Research has shown us that 7 in 10 consumers look at a product’s label or packaging to determine if it can be recycled. Recycle Check is an exciting new on pack solution that tells consumers whether or not a package goes in their curbside recycling bin, using information from local community recyc[...]

Feet on the Street Begins September 13 in Norcross

The City of Norcross and The Recycling Partnership launch citywide cart-tagging campaign to dramatically improve curbside residential recycling, part of a $15,000 grant NORCROSS (GWINNETT COUNTY), GA (SEPTEMBER 10, 2021) – On Monday, September 13, 2021, the City of Norcross will begin checkin[...]

Joint Industry Statement: We Stand by Polypropylene

The following is a joint statement attributed to Steve Alexander, President, and CEO, The Association of Plastic Recyclers; Ron Gonen, CEO, Closed Loop Partners; Nina Goodrich, Executive Director, GreenBlue; And Keefe Harrison, CEO, The Recycling Partnership: (February 28, 2020) — With the [...]

State of Curbside Report 2020

The 2020 State of Curbside Recycling report calls for these clear, integrated strategies: Substantially greater support of community recycling programs with capital funding, technical assistance, and efforts to strengthen and grow local political commitment to recycling services. New and enhanced s[...]

The Recycling Partnership is Transforming for Good

2020 Impact Report Tells Story of the National Nonprofit Catalyzing Change to Move the U.S. Toward a Circular Economy function gtag_report_conversion(url) { var callback = function () { if (typeof(url) != ‘undefined’) { window.location = url; } }; gtag(‘event’, ‘conver[...]

Make 2021 the Year You Resolve to Recycle More, Better

2020 may have become the year many Americans “resolved” to stayed home, but it taught us the value of recycling as a valuable and essential public service and allowed us to confront the daily reality of how valuable recycling is to critical supply chains providing cardboard for online order ship[...]

Blog: The EPA Needs to Take Action Now on Recycling

By Dylan de Thomas Vice President of External Affairs The Recycling Partnership For many Americans, recycling is second nature. It’s something that we can’t imagine living without. The ethos of “waste not, want not” runs deep in our collective conscience. We feel bad when we throw something [...]

The Recycling Partnership Responds to Comments on Recyclability Framework 

Widespread feedback signals importance of Framework and need for transparent, cohesive guidelines  FALLS CHURCH, Va. (Dec. 14, 2021) – The Recycling Partnership today published responses to public comments on its Pathway to Circularity Recyclability Framework. A-first-of-its-kind opportunity for [...]

The Recycling Partnership Announces First-Ever U.S. Circular Economy Roadmap

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New “Bridge to Circularity” Report Calls for $500 Million by 2025 to Transform the U.S. Recycling System Report Emphasizes Need for Creating New Pathways to Recyclability, Unlocking Post-Consumer Material Supply, and Crafting Bold, Transformative Policies Supported by Cut[...]

Bridge to Circularity

It’s time to develop a circular economy for packaging in the U.S. We’re launching several new initiatives to start building the Bridge to Circularity, including Recycling 2.0 – an opportunity for all stakeholders to collaborate to develop the recycling system of the future.

Nashville Receives Investment to Support Increased Recycling Collection

The Recycling Partnership, American Beverage, and the Beverage Association of Tennessee invest in education for enhanced recycling collection, expected to generate millions of new pounds of recyclable material   WASHINGTON D.C. – The City of Nashville on January 11 announced the launch of enhanc[...]

Blog: Plastic IQ – Advancing Company Decision-Making on Plastics

By Ben Dixon, Partner, SYSTEMIQ & Keefe Harrison, CEO, The Recycling Partnership The challenge of plastic waste is too big to ignore and too difficult to solve alone. Good work to collectively reduce the use of virgin plastic and build recycling solutions for more types of plastics is underway. [...]

The Recycling Partnership Releases Strategy for Improving U.S. Recycling

On America Recycles Day the nation’s leading recycling NGO issues 5-Point Plan to give Americans a better recycling system. Washington, D.C., Nov. 15, 2022 – The Recycling Partnership, a mission-driven NGO committed to advancing a circular economy by building a better recycling system, is a[...]

The Recycling Partnership Reports Impact to Date on Aluminum Recycling

Recycling Initiative Drives Capture of 4.1 Million New Pounds of Aluminum Annually   WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 4, 2023) – The Recycling Partnership reported today on the impact of its Aluminum Recycling Initiative (Initiative). Under the Initiative five grants have been issued for the continued a[...]

Unlocking System Change through PET Recycling  

By: Adam Gendell, Circular Ventures Director   Plastic packaging circularity may seem like a daunting endeavor, but it’s possible. Just take an in-depth look at PET packaging, which is an example of how we can build on successes to support an effective plastic recycling system.    Polyethylene[...]

Heineken USA Blog: A Win For Recycling

This article originally appeared on Heineken USA’s blog on Aug. 2, 2017.  To the great people of Europe: thanks for sharing! Teams from the top soccer leagues in the world touched down in the U.S. this summer for the fifth installment of the International Champions Cup and the competition was[...]

Waste360: Corporations to Revitalize Plastics Market

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has a new plan to increase demand for recyclable plastics in North America, and with help from The Recycling Partnership, it is calling upon manufacturers and retailers to make it work. Companies joining the Recycle Demand Champions initiativewill instruct[...]

Investing in Multifamily Communities Pays Dividends 

Known for its theme parks and tourism, Orlando, Florida is making a name for itself in another way: Recycling. A forward-thinking community with a deep-rooted commitment to environmental equity, Orlando strives to become a “zero waste” community by 2040. Adequate, efficient, and equitable recycl[...]

Fifth Round of MRF Grants Spur Modernization, Impacting Millions Nationwide

A critical component to creating a circular system, one where used packaging can be made into recycled material again and again, is a healthy and efficient materials recovery facility (MRF) system. The Recycling Partnership’s Paying It Forward report estimates the U.S. needs to invest $3 billion t[...]

Statement on Passage of California SB 54

This statement can be attributed to Dylan de Thomas, Vice President of External Affairs, The Recycling Partnership:   “The Recycling Partnership applauds the passage of California’s SB 54, a transformational piece of legislation which will help drive circularity for California’s pack[...]

By The Numbers Webinar: Unpacking the Data Behind Plastics Recycling

In October 2022, The Recycling Partnership kicked off By the Numbers, a new webinar series for industry stakeholders focused on current trends in the U.S. recycling system and a circular economy. The first webinar in this series was held on October 26 and unpacked the data behind plastics recycling[...]

By The Numbers Webinar: Transforming U.S. Recycling with EPR

The Recycling Partnership’s By The Numbers webinar series kicked off 2023 with a special webinar in partnership with Resource Recycling’s Policy Now. By The Numbers Webinar: Transforming U.S. Recycling with EPR, designed for municipal and industry stakeholders as well as policymakers, took a d[...]

Recycle Check Deep Dive With General Mills

Research has shown us that 7 in 10 consumers look at a product’s label or packaging to determine if it can be recycled. Recycle Check is an exciting new on pack solution that tells consumers whether or not a package goes in their curbside recycling bin, using information from local community recyc[...]

Feet on the Street Begins September 13 in Norcross

The City of Norcross and The Recycling Partnership launch citywide cart-tagging campaign to dramatically improve curbside residential recycling, part of a $15,000 grant NORCROSS (GWINNETT COUNTY), GA (SEPTEMBER 10, 2021) – On Monday, September 13, 2021, the City of Norcross will begin checkin[...]

Joint Industry Statement: We Stand by Polypropylene

The following is a joint statement attributed to Steve Alexander, President, and CEO, The Association of Plastic Recyclers; Ron Gonen, CEO, Closed Loop Partners; Nina Goodrich, Executive Director, GreenBlue; And Keefe Harrison, CEO, The Recycling Partnership: (February 28, 2020) — With the [...]

State of Curbside Report 2020

The 2020 State of Curbside Recycling report calls for these clear, integrated strategies: Substantially greater support of community recycling programs with capital funding, technical assistance, and efforts to strengthen and grow local political commitment to recycling services. New and enhanced s[...]

The Recycling Partnership is Transforming for Good

2020 Impact Report Tells Story of the National Nonprofit Catalyzing Change to Move the U.S. Toward a Circular Economy function gtag_report_conversion(url) { var callback = function () { if (typeof(url) != ‘undefined’) { window.location = url; } }; gtag(‘event’, ‘conver[...]

Creating Clarity on the Pathway to Circularity

Navigating the recycling system has historically been challenging, in part because there are no widely accepted recyclability standards. Our Pathway to Circularity for Packaging, another example of collaboration to solve a complex challenge, was created to wash away the gray and bring necessary clar[...]

Navigating the Pathway to Circularity for Product Protection

An exploration of circular solutions for foam packaging Packaging plays a critical role in protecting products — including everything from food to household goods – from being harmed during their journey from conveyor belts to household shelves. But to reach a truly circular economy in the U[...]

Expediting Circularity through U.S. Plastics Pact

Plastic pollution is a global crisis. To confront this emergency in the U.S., industry leaders recognized that individual action would not be enough; transformative, systemwide change is required to establish a path toward a circular economy for plastic. Founded as a solutions-driven consortium by T[...]

Overcoming Recycling Challenges through Coalitions

When a package or material does not meet the criteria for recyclability (see page 23, Pathway to Circularity), companies are encouraged to take action. Coalitions can address the recycling challenges of today and consider solutions for the challenges of tomorrow. The Partnership currently leads thre[...]

Addressing the Challenge of Film and Flexible Packaging Data

Film and flexible packaging is unlike other packaging when it comes to recycling. For starters, it’s not a single packaging type – the term encompasses a wide range of packaging, from polyethylene (PE) air pillows protecting e-commerce goods to heavy-duty dog food bags, to salty snack bags with [...]

Furthering Equity in Recycling through Partnership and Practice

Recycling unlocks our potential to improve the planet and creates economic opportunity, but it only works when we can all make a difference. Here’s the thing: Depending on where you live, access to recycling is not equitable. For example, it’s more difficult to recycle if you live in a multifami[...]

Investing in Multifamily Communities Pays Dividends 

Known for its theme parks and tourism, Orlando, Florida is making a name for itself in another way: Recycling. A forward-thinking community with a deep-rooted commitment to environmental equity, Orlando strives to become a “zero waste” community by 2040. Adequate, efficient, and equitable recycl[...]

Fifth Round of MRF Grants Spur Modernization, Impacting Millions Nationwide

A critical component to creating a circular system, one where used packaging can be made into recycled material again and again, is a healthy and efficient materials recovery facility (MRF) system. The Recycling Partnership’s Paying It Forward report estimates the U.S. needs to invest $3 billion t[...]

It’s Time to Come to our System Senses 

I just hopped off the stage at Circularity ’22 and a few things stand out to me about this national drive to improve recycling and launch a circular economy.  Clearly people are frustrated that recycling hasn’t fixed the waste problem yet.  But before we jump to recycling’s failings, let’[...]

Driving Packaging Strategies with Plastic IQ

As U.S. companies seek to reduce waste, meet sustainability goals, and stay competitive, many are committing to ambitious packaging strategies designed to end plastic waste. But not all companies have data-driven resources to define these strategies. Plastic IQ is a free, digital strategy-building t[...]

Empowering People to Recycle Right

If every home in the U.S. had convenient access to recycling, more than half of recyclable material would still be lost. Why? Because most Americans are confused about what and how to recycle. No recycling system performs at a high level without winning the hearts and minds of consumers to use it pr[...]

Make 2021 the Year You Resolve to Recycle More, Better

2020 may have become the year many Americans “resolved” to stayed home, but it taught us the value of recycling as a valuable and essential public service and allowed us to confront the daily reality of how valuable recycling is to critical supply chains providing cardboard for online order ship[...]

Blog: The EPA Needs to Take Action Now on Recycling

By Dylan de Thomas Vice President of External Affairs The Recycling Partnership For many Americans, recycling is second nature. It’s something that we can’t imagine living without. The ethos of “waste not, want not” runs deep in our collective conscience. We feel bad when we throw something [...]