We’re paving the way for the future of circular packaging
Explore Ways to Advance Circular Packaging
We believe in a future where 100% of packaging is circular. That’s why The Recycling Partnership is paving the way for the future of circular packaging with the Pathway to Circularity, a first-of-its-kind initiative for the U.S. providing action-oriented solutions informed by industry knowledge and experience for challenges to circular packaging. It is intended to wash away the gray and bring necessary clarity to successfully advance the circular economy for packaging.
The Residential* Recyclability Framework is the first element of the Pathway to Circularity to be developed. The Framework strives to deliver new depth on the varying factors that shape recycling. The Circular Packaging Assessment Tool (please download in Adobe for full functionality) uses this Framework to define a clear set of criteria to help brands, retailers, and their supply chains successfully navigate the recycling system and take action to address challenges, making circularity tangible.
Creating sustainable packaging in a circular economy requires a life-cycle solutions approach. The Framework addresses different stages of packaging through five building blocks:
- design for recyclability;
- access and adoption;
- capture journey;
- packaging fate; and
- recyclability prevalence
Within each building block are key requirements for packaging to be considered recyclable, ranging from packaging design and MRF capture rate to end market demand, and more. The is an important guide in transforming the recycling system and minimizing packaging waste by having stakeholders evolve the packaging that is going into it.
*Residential refers to curbside recycling and municipal drop-off services provided for both single and multifamily housing.
See a brief overview of the Framework in the video below.
Thank you to our partners for funding our efforts to build this pathway, thereby helping make circular packaging a possibility for Americans.