Packaging waste represents one-third of all waste generated in the U.S., placing billions of dollars of materials management costs on local governments each year while wasting billions more in valuable materials. When compared to most other industrialized countries, our packaging recycling rates are alarmingly low. This is due to a number of factors, including a lack of collection and processing infrastructure, insufficient public education, limited funding, and a lack of policies to create a level playing field.
This webinar explores three very different, but complementary, approaches to increasing the recycling of packaging: extended producer responsibility (EPR); theRecycling Partnership; and the Closed Loop Fund. EPR is a legislative approach that shifts the financial and managerial burden of recycling away from government and toward manufacturers. The Recycling Partnership is a voluntary approach that provides communities with grants, outreach campaigns, and technical assistance to grow recycling programs. Created by Curbside Value Partnership, a 501(c)3 with a decade-long commitment to recycling, it is funded by companies and organizations such as Alcoa, Amcor, Ball, Coca-Cola, Sonoco, and more. The Closed Loop Fund was co-founded by Ron Gonen with the purpose of financing recycling infrastructure. The investors in the Fund are consumer goods companies and retailers who benefit from returning and using recycled material in their supply chain.
Join us and our panel of speakers as we explore how both legislated and voluntary solutions can increase packaging recycling in the U.S. There is also an audience Q+A with the speakers at the end of the webinar.