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Making Circularity Tangible

The Pathway to Circularity will outline, address, and successfully navigate current and future packaging and recycling system challenges that today, limit the recycling of packaging materials, such as polypropylene, making circularity tangible.

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There is an immediate need to ensure the long-term viability of polypropylene plastic (No. 5 plastic) as an accepted and recycled material. The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition is the leading change agent and champion for the recovery and recycling of polypropylene. The overall goal of the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition is to increase curbside access for polypropylene, ensure recyclers can sort for polypropylene successfully in their facilities, and maintain vibrant and robust end markets to supply high-quality recycled polypropylene for use in packaging.

Polypropylene is used in an array of food and non-food packaging and has largely been collected in curbside programs and sorted in Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) under the broad category of “3-7” resins. Most MRF-specific resin sorting capacity is focused on PET and HDPE which are presumed to be available in higher quantities than polypropylene in the household stream. Current data suggests, however, polypropylene could have a higher volume in the recycling stream than both natural and colored HDPE.

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An Estimated 1.6+ Billion Pounds of Polypropylene to be Recycled

According to The Recycling Partnership’s 2020 State of Curbside Recycling report, some limited data from capture studies suggest there may be as much as 17 pounds of polypropylene available per year from a single-family household. This would place polypropylene at higher generation rates than both natural and colored HDPE. Total annual polypropylene tonnage by U.S. single-family households would be an estimated 827,000 tons or 1.65 billion pounds.

Change Begins with Education

The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition will continue the work of The Recycling Partnership to increase curbside access for polypropylene through education of residents, ensure recyclers can sort for polypropylene successfully in their facilities through grants for technology to MRFs, and maintain vibrant and robust end markets to supply high-quality recycled polypropylene for use in packaging by working with packaging producers.

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Do you want to join the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition and help ensure the long-term viability of polypropylene plastic (No. 5 plastic) as an accepted and recycled material? Join us today.

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