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SPI joins Recycling Partnership

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Plastics group joins consortium backing public recycling efforts.

Recycling Today Staff July 2, 2014

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, Washington, D.C., has joined The Recycling Partnership as an inaugural member. The Recycling Partnership has been funded through a grant by the Curbside Value Partnership (CVP) with a self-described mission to support and transform public recycling efforts.

“SPI is deeply committed to zero waste strategies that promote reducing, reusing and recycling plastic materials,” says SPI President and CEO William Carteaux. “Because our members represent the entirety of the plastics supply chain, SPI has emerged as a valuable stakeholder in the recycling discussion with an important, unique perspective.”

Kim Holmes, SPI’s director of recycling and diversion, adds, “We support stronger plastics recycling solutions in the United States, and the Recycling Partnership lines up with our goals.”

Karen Bandhauer, project director for CVP, says, “We welcome SPI as an early adopter of the Recycling Partnership as we launch our work July 1.”

The Recycling Partnership seeks to develop projects that ensure overall recycling program health in targeted communities. Project work will begin in July following an announcement of the finalized list of partners and the identification of initial cities selected for partnership.

By seeding granted dollars, providing technical assistance and coordinating education efforts, the Recycling Partnership says it is designed to use one-time investments for long-term returns of material. Key elements announced by CVP include:

  • Access: Ensuring local programs are served by collection carts;
  • Champion building: Educating local and state officials about the connection between recycling, local jobs and manufacturin;
  • Regional coordination: Connecting the dots between diverse players involved in paper and packaging recycling; and
  • Outreach and education: Getting more good recyclables into the bin.

Other inaugural members of the Partnership include the Alcoa Foundation, the American Chemistry Council, the American Forest & Paper Association, the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, Ball Corp., the Carton Council and Coca-Cola.

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