The Recycling Partnership Awards New Grant with Support from the PepsiCo Foundation to Iowa City for Residential Recycling Carts
(Falls Church, VA) The Recycling Partnership is pleased to announce that it has awarded a grant for residential recycling carts to the city of Iowa City, IA, bringing its support for residential recycling programs to more than 900 communities across the U.S. – or more than a quarter of the population.
The grant to Iowa City was awarded as part of the All In On Recycling challenge in conjunction with the PepsiCo Foundation. The challenge was started to make recycling easier for 25 million families across the country by providing them with the resources they need to recycle more and recycle better. In addition to Iowa City, All In On Recycling is supporting upgrades to residential recycling programs in Red Wing, MN, Vineland, NJ, Dickinson, ND and five communities in Central Ohio. These communities join hundreds across the U.S. that have benefitted from The Recycling Partnership’s recycling tools and resources.
The grant dollars will help Iowa City as they invest in expanding recycling services to 16,000 households. The city will receive assistance from The Recycling Partnership to support the delivery of recycling carts to every household served by their curbside recycling program beginning December 10, along with a robust, customized public education campaign designed to help residents recycle better.
“Iowa City’s commitment to deliver improved recycling access to their residents shows that cities across the country understand the tremendous value in wasting less,” says Keefe Harrison, CEO, The Recycling Partnership. “We are grateful to our funding partners, including PepsiCo Foundation and their recent $10 million commitment to the All In On Recycling challenge, which enables us to offer this important cart grant work. When we improve recycling, we create jobs by protecting the planet.”
The Recycling Partnership estimates the All In On Recycling challenge will help the U.S. capture 1.9 million tons of quality recyclable materials over the next five years. This would result in a total greenhouse gas avoidance of 5.5 million tons of CO2 – the equivalent of removing more than 1 million cars off the road for a year.
“Iowa City is honored to work with The Recycling Partnership to expand our cart-based recycling program,” says Jen Jordan, Resource Management Superintendent, Iowa City. “The funding and technical assistance will help residents recycle more and recycle right!”
“More than half of all recyclables in U.S. homes end up in the trash and together, we can change that,” says said Kathleen Niesen, Director, Recycling and Sustainability, PepsiCo North America Beverages. “Curbside carts are a simple and effective solution to make recycling easier for residents and they are proven to nearly double the number of recyclable items recovered. PepsiCo is proud to work with The Recycling Partnership in Iowa City and in cities across the country so that, together, we make it easier for residents to recycle, lift U.S. recycling rates and close the loop.”
For more information on the All In On Recycling campaign, please visit https://recyclingpartnership.org/allinonrecycling/
About The Recycling Partnership
The Recycling Partnership recyclingpartnership.org is a national nonprofit organization that leverages corporate partner funding to transform recycling for good in cities and towns all across America. As the only organization in the country that engages the full recycling supply chain from the corporations that manufacture products and packaging to local governments charged with recycling to industry end markets, haulers, material recovery facilities, and converters; The Recycling Partnership positively impacts recycling at every step in the process. By the end of 2018, The Recycling Partnership expects to have served more than 900 communities with tools, resources and technical support, helped place over 495,000 recycling carts, reached 47 million households, and helped companies and communities invest more than $32 million in recycling infrastructure.
Deborah Halperin Colbert
Teak Media + Communication