A Polypropylene Recycling Coalition unveiled by The Recycling Partnership (TRP), seeks to significantly increase the recycling of this widely used plastic, which is found in many types of food packaging, such as dairy and deli containers. The new coalition, which is part of TRP’s “Pathways to Circularity” initiative, aims to increase residential access to curbside programs that recycle polypropylene, ensure recyclers can successfully sort polypropylene, and grow end markets for this recycled material.
“We are excited to join The Recycling Partnership in this promising endeavor. Polypropylene is a versatile plastic that is well suited for many types of food packaging, and we know consumers want to recycle more plastics,” said Keith Christman, managing director of plastic markets at the American Chemistry Council and member of TRP’s board of directors.
Through the American Chemistry Council, America’s plastic makers have established a goal of making all plastic packaging used in the United States recyclable or recoverable by 2030. “Recovered polypropylene is a highly valued material when sorted for recycling by material recovery facilities. Under The Recycling Partnership’s leadership, and with funding and expertise from other stakeholders, we believe polypropylene packaging recycling will grow dramatically,” Christman said.