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Press Release: New Recycling Partnership Initiative Will Accelerate the Shift to a Circular Economy

New Recycling Partnership Initiative Will Accelerate the Shift to a Circular Economy

The Circular Economy Accelerator™ will bring together forward-thinking companies to proactively pursue policy solutions to catalyze the circular economy for good

Falls Church, VA – Recycling is in turmoil, but help has arrived. Today, The Recycling Partnership announced the Circular Economy Accelerator™, a new initiative that will proactively drive policy solutions for stronger recycling and a robust circular economy in the United States.

“Consumers, businesses, and policymakers recognize that the U.S. recycling system is facing a critical inflection point – but we see it as an opportunity,” said Sarah Dearman, Executive Director of the Circular Economy Accelerator™. “By leveraging public-private solutions to drive sustainable investment in recycling infrastructure and implementing policies that incentivize recycling over disposal, we can put the U.S. on the path to a truly circular economy.”

The Circular Economy Accelerator™ will build consensus for attainable policy and legislative solutions at the state and Federal level to secure sustainable funding, incentivize recycling over disposal and expedite public-private solutions for circular systems.The Accelerator is launching with support from more than a dozen of the biggest brands, material companies and organizations committed to taking action to advance the circular economy.

“America doesn’t have time to wait for a better recycling system. Current global market challenges pose serious headwinds to community recycling programs,” said Keefe Harrison, CEO of The Recycling Partnership. “The Circular Economy Accelerator™ will jump-start the critical conversations to advance the recycling system so that recyclable materials make it from citizens’ recycling bins back to store shelves as new products.”

For the last half-decade, The Recycling Partnership has partnered with more than a thousand communities, putting carts on the ground, working with recycling professionals from across the country to improve operations and get contamination out of the recycling system. The Circular Economy Accelerator™ provides another powerful tool to help deliver that change.  

About the Circular Economy Accelerator™

The Circular Economy Accelerator™ is bringing together forward-thinking companies to proactively pursue policy solutions to catalyze the circular economy for good. An initiative of The Recycling Partnership, the Circular Economy Accelerator™ aims to advocate for sustainable funding; inspire policy to incentivize recycling over disposal; and develop new models to expedite public-private solutions for circular systems. Learn more at recyclingpartnership.org/accelerator.

About The Recycling Partnership

The Recycling Partnership is a national nonprofit organization that leverages corporate partner funding to transform recycling for good in states, cities and communities 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. The Recycling Partnership has served more than 1,000 communities and counting with best-in-class tools, data, resources and technical support, helped place 500,000 recycling carts, reached 50 million households, and helped companies and communities invest more than $37 million in recycling infrastructure.In doing so, The Recycling Partnership has created meaningful social, environmental, and economic change. By the end of 2019, the nonprofit change agent estimates it will have diverted 230 million pounds of new recyclables, saved 465 million gallons of water, avoided 250 thousand metric tons of GHG, and driven significant reductions in targeted contamination rates.