The Recycling Partnership 2020 Impact Report

Learn how over the last 6 years, this leading national nonprofit has:
° Leveraged more than $90 million in impact.
° Reached more than 77 million households.
° Helped more than 1,500 U.S. communities overcome recycling challenges.
° Invested over 53 million in recycling infrastructure.
° Delivered new recycling carts to more than 700,000 U.S. households.
° Reduced 251,000 metric tons of carbon emissions.
° Diverted more than 230 million pounds of recyclables from landfills into the recycling stream.
° Reduced contamination by 40% and increased the value of cleaner recyclables by $20 per ton in pilot communities.

Opinion: Addressing plastic pollution must be a part of the ‘green recovery’

How do we tackle plastic pollution in a pandemic? Can we?

About three months ago, the entire world seemed to come to a stop. Borders were closed, in-person meetings and workshops canceled, and projects suspended while resources were redeployed to address the crisis at hand.

But in this moment of unimaginable difficulty, many are already seeing hope in a green recovery: a “more protective … more inclusive” economic model that would “contribute to building more resilient societies.” In this new approach, governments have the opportunity — and the responsibility — to transform sustainability commitments into action, both in the short and the long term.

Closed Loop Advocates for Policy Reform

A Senate committee hearing last week focused on challenges facing the U.S. recycling system. During the hearing, lawmakers noted that recycling is typically regulated at the state level but momentum is building for a more unified approach nationwide.

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del) said, “There is a consensus that the federal government can play a greater role in facilitating recycling but the details of what that role should be are subject, as you know, to debate.” He also asked industry experts in attendance how Congress could best help the recycling sector and what role the federal government could play in addressing current challenges.

Bridget Croke, managing director of Closed Loop Partners, said the recycling sector would benefit from the type of assistance that virgin raw materials producers receive: tax incentives, measures to incentivize market demand, and other tools to help make the economic case for using the materials.

Brightmark Wants Your Plastic Waste… All of It!

Got plastic waste? Bring it on, says Brightmark, which is looking to procure 1,200,000 tons per year of post-use plastic types 1 through 7 from the eastern half of the United States. It will recycle the plastic waste at its existing and soon-to-be-built plastics renewal plants nationwide.

Breaking the Plastic Wave: Top Findings for Preventing Plastic Pollution

First-of-its-kind modeling analysis describes actions needed to stop plastic from entering the ocean.

Nestlé Waters Embeds Sustainability Into the Foundation of Their Brands

“We have made significant strides on our journey to use more sustainable packaging,” said David Tulauskas, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of NWNA.

An Ocean Plastics Field Trip for Corporate Executives

Recycling is broken. The oceans are trashed. As the plastics crisis spirals out of control, an unlikely collection of executives and environmentalists set sail for the North Atlantic Gyre in a desperate attempt to find common ground.

Transparent 2020: Major Companies Come Together in Unprecedented Step 
Toward Transparency on Global Plastic Waste Crisis

“In its first year, ReSource: Plastic has begun to tap into the massive potential that companies have to become key levers that can actually help change the course of this global problem – but also their willingness and ability to act together,” said Sheila Bonini of the OPLN Advisory Board Member company, World Wildlife Fund.

OPLN Member companies Procter & Gamble and The Coca-Cola Company, together with other Principal Members of ReSource: Plastic – Keurig Dr Pepper, McDonald’s and Starbucks contributed to the report, Transparent 2020, which examines the plastic footprints of these leading global companies and provides a detailed look at the challenges and potential solutions for tackling the plastic pollution problem.

Our Principal Members have shown an impressive dedication to transparency, providing data that will ultimately drive the accountability, collaboration and ambition needed to incentivize a movement toward comprehensive reporting and progress across the private sector.

The Principal Members hope these efforts will inspire other companies to take similar action.

The Power Of Purpose: SoulBuffalo Announces The Ocean Plastic Leadership Network To Drive Innovation And Solutions To Global Crisis

SoulBuffalo announced the Ocean Plastics Leadership Network, a community to advance scientific breakthroughs, product and process innovation, and new business models to the ocean plastics crisis.

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