Recycling is in turmoil, but help has arrived. The Recycling Partnership announces the Circular Economy Accelerator, a new initiative that will proactively drive policy solutions for stronger recycling and a robust circular economy in the United States.
“Consumers, businesses, and policymakers recognize that the U.S. 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 U.S. on the path to a truly circular economy.”
The Circular Economy Acceleratorwill 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. Current global market challenges pose serious headwinds to community recycling programs,” said Keefe Harrison, CEO of The Recycling Partnership. “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 a thousand 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.