Non-profit organisation The Recycling Partnership has announced its first-ever roadmap to address systemic issues in the US recycling system and accelerate the transition towards a circular economy for packaging.
New report “The Bridge to Circularity” by the organisation emphasises the need for creating new pathways to recyclability. It calls for $500 million by 2025 to fund the initiatives it outlines in transforming the US recycling system.
The report recommends that plastic packaging be used as the entry point to catalyse system change, however it highlights the importance of building an improved system for all materials, not just plastics.
In its report, The Recycling Partnership translates the targets of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment by urging businesses and governments in the US to step up its efforts towards a circular economy by addressing plastic waste and pollution at its source. It urges companies to align its efforts with realities of the current recycling system while also investing to advance the system.
To build a bridge between the current system and an optimised circular system, The Recycling Partnership has outlined a set of actions based on three distinct issues currently undermining the U.S. recycling industry:
Future actions outlined in the report include:
CEO of The Recycling Partnership Keefe Harrison said: “Our current recycling system is fundamentally underfunded and incapable of delivering a circular economy without dramatic evolution.
“With this report, we are providing the clear roadmap to create a new and improved recycling system of the future. We’re providing actionable solutions to help current and future partners build a sustainable and effective recycling system in the U.S.”
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