New recycling partnership initiative will accelerate the shift to a circular economy

New recycling partnership initiative will accelerate the shift to a circular economy

April 16, 2019
Press Release: The Recycling Partnership

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

Recycling in the USA is in turmoil, but help could be on its way in the form of the ‘Circular Economy Accelerator’, which has been announced by The Recycling Partnership. The new initiative will proactively drive policy solutions for stronger recycling and a robust circular economy in the USA.

“Consumers, businesses and policy-makers recognize that the US 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 USA 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,’ said Keefe Harrison, CEO of The Recycling Partnership. “Current global market challenges pose serious headwinds to community recycling programs. 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 1,000 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.

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