The Recycling Partnership’s Impact Report 2022
“Unless we acknowledge the need for bold systemic change, we’ll only see incremental adjustment, leaving us frustrated that a brighter future didn’t unfold. That future is one that cannot be left to chance; it requires our full spectrum of solutions delivered at scale. The Partnership was built for problem–solving, and the time for system change is now. There is no time to be timid.”
—Keefe Harrison, CEO, The Recycling Partnership
Complex Problems Require Bold, Integrated Solutions
The Recycling Partnership has a proven track record of getting things done and tackling big challenges. For nearly a decade, we’ve reached millions of households, diverted hundreds of millions of incremental pounds of valuable recyclables from landfills, delivered hundreds of thousands of recycling carts, and led innovation to transform system infrastructure and create more circular packaging.
But, we’re just getting started.
We know how to create the circular system of the future – one where all households can recycle, people know what and how to recycle, materials recovery facilities are fully modernized, stakeholders work together to overcome material-specific obstacles to recycling, packaging is designed for or on a path to recyclability, and recycling has sustainable public-private funding based on smart policy.
In our recent Impact Report, you can find our solutions to deliver that robust circular system, including on-the-ground community engagement, MRF collaboration, material-specific problem-solving, packaging circularity strategies, recycling behavior innovation, and more. These solutions are driving measurable impact – but we need to connect the solutions to the size of the problem.
At The Recycling Partnership, we recognize that only bold systemic change will drive the future we want to see. Each year, we forfeit up to two-thirds of residential recyclable material. That’s a tremendous loss of not only environmental benefit, but economic value. It doesn’t have to be this way. The time for action is now.
Partnership to date $95 million
creation $241 million
recyclables from landfills
contamination by 20% through our Feet on
the Street projects
Explore featured stories from The Recycling Partnership’s 2022 Impact Report to see how we can continue Solving for Circularity, together.
Scaling Statewide Transformation in Michigan
Multiyear collaboration looks to help the state with its goal of increasing statewide recycling to 45% by 2030.READ MORE
Improving MRF Infrastructure to Increase Can Capture
Enhancing can sortation infrastructure to support a circular economy and innovative materials recovery facilities.READ MORE
Overcoming Recycling Challenges through Coalitions
The Partnership’s coalitions address recycling challenges of today and support solutions of tomorrow for the challenges.READ MORE
Creating Clarity on the Pathway to Circularity
Furthering collaboration to solve a complex challenge and bring clarity to advance a circular economy for packaging.READ MORE
Empowering People to Recycle Right
Leading consumer-focused solutions to empower residents, optimize recycling and advance circularity of the system.READ MORE
Closing the Equity Gap through the Recycling Inclusion Fund
Promoting equity and addressing racial disparities and systemic challenges in the U.S. waste and recycling industries.READ MORE
Expanding Equitable Recycling Access in Orlando
Ensuring recycling access for multifamily communities led to improvements to equity, and development of scalable solutions.READ MORE
Big City Modernization in Baltimore
Collaboration fuels recycling modernization and increased access for residents across the city, supporting equity and innovation.READ MORE
Advancing Recyclability of All Materials through the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition
Furthering solutions to drive change for the entire recycling system.READ MORE
Improving the Quality of Recyclables in Orange County
A project to reduce contamination transformed the county’s recycling system, resulting in a better connected, efficient system.READ MORE
Driving Packaging Strategies with Plastic IQ
Free, digital strategy-building tool allows U.S. companies to discover ways to make their packaging more circular and further progress.READ MORE
Expediting Circularity through U.S. Plastics Pact
Leading transformative, systemwide efforts to establish a path toward a circular economy for plastic, challenging stakeholders to do more.READ MORE