Circular Economy Accelerator: A Recycling Partnership Initiative

Bringing together forward-thinking public and private partners to pursue policy solutions that create a more circular economy.

A circular economy, as opposed to a linear economy, puts raw materials back into reuse, again and again, limiting waste and preserving value. The circular economy depends on recycling, but the U.S. residential recycling system faces serious headwinds. Together, we can advance the circular economy by:

  • Advocating for sustainable funding
  • Inspiring policy to incentivize recycling over disposal
  • Developing new models to expedite public-private partnership solutions for circular systems.

Accelerating Recycling: Policy to Unlock Supply for the Circular Economy

If all 37.4 million tons of residential recyclables in the U.S. were recycled back into the economy each year, it would support 370,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs and be the greenhouse gas equivalent of removing 20 million cars from U.S. highways.

The U.S. is collecting only one third of these recyclables, meaning hundreds of thousands of jobs left on the table. It’s time to put this material and our workforce back to work in a more circular economy. Our policy report, supported by industry leaders, provides a solution.


Strong Data for Smart Policy

Comprehensive data collection and reporting is critical for successful policy solutions to address the needs of the U.S. recycling system.

The Circular Economy Accelerator supports the House Appropriations Committee’s call for a nationwide Recycling Needs Survey and Assessment to be conducted by U.S. EPA.


Challenges Facing the U.S. Residential Recycling System

According to The Recycling Partnership’s 2020 State of Curbside Report, the U.S. is collecting only 32% of household recyclable material.

Collecting more material means more jobs generated, more emissions saved, and more economic value created.


Our Members

Members of the Circular Economy Accelerator represent more than 30 companies across the value chain. Together, we are working to solve the challenges facing the U.S. residential recycling system through consensus building and informing and advocating for attainable policy and legislative solutions that rapidly advance the circular economy.


Contact us to learn more about the Circular Economy Accelerator, our policy solutions, and how to join the effort.