We're a national force for improving recycling.

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How We Work

As a leading, national force for improving recycling, The Recycling Partnership puts private dollars to work in communities because we know that when we invest in a system to protect resources, empower sustainable action and unlock opportunity, everyone wins. We drive measurable sustainability through:

Grants, Technical Assistance, and Tools | Research, Measurement, and Best Practices | Partnerships | Scale

About The Recycling Partnership

At The Recycling Partnership, we are solving for circularity. As a mission-driven NGO, we are committed to advancing a circular economy by building a better recycling system.

We mobilize people, data, and solutions across the value chain to reduce waste and our impact on the environment while also unlocking economic benefits. We work on the ground with thousands of communities to transform underperforming recycling programs; we partner with companies to achieve packaging circularity, increase access to recycled materials, and meet sustainability commitments; and we work with government to develop policy solutions to address the systemic needs of our residential recycling system and advance a circular economy. We foster public-private partnerships and drive positive change at every step of the recycling and circularity process. Since 2014, we have diverted 770 million pounds of new recyclables from landfills, avoided more than 670,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases, and driven significant reductions in targeted contamination rates.

In 2022, The Recycling Partnership surpassed $240 million in environmental and economic value creation. Learn more about our cumulative and recent impacts in our 2022 Impact Report.

Research, Measurement, and Best Practices

In many of the 20,000 U.S. municipalities there are opportunities to improve recycling to capture both more and better quality recyclables. But how much? And where? Our experience and data inform a growing bank of resources.

Curbside Report


In a loosely connected but highly dependent system, The Recycling Partnership is at the intersection of public and private goals and values. With a history of engaging stakeholders for strategic and collaborative success, The Partnership is well-known for its intelligent approach and ability to bring together people from across a multitude of sectors, issues, and cultures. Recycling isn’t just one thing; it is many steps and small decisions. Without the connection, inefficiencies create waste. And as the saying goes, “we can accomplish more together than any of us can do on our own.” Delivering consistently keeps the integrity and empowerment of environmental, economic issues at the forefront—where they belong. We bring the best ideas and action forward, use data to inform strategy and call out the gaps. Be a part of the solution.


From one to many, our model is designed to serve the trends and build upon success and reach. Our storytelling serves as an introduction and guidance to connect our best practices to measured results. By reaching more people with stronger assistance and creating networks of experts, The Recycling Partnership unlocks change from all stages of packaging life cycle. We provide actionable information and compelling messaging to increase coverage and adoption of best practices.

Our Core Values

Our core values explain not what we do, but why and how – they frame our culture.  We at The Partnership take our work seriously and we invite others to join us in embracing our core values!

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