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by Scrap Magazine | Jul 21, 2020

Recycling Partnership Launches Polypropylene Initiative

The Recycling Partnership (Falls Church, Va.) has launched the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, a new initiative aimed at recovering and recycling more of the estimated 1.6 billion pounds of polypropylene packaging single-family homes use annually, it says.
Through its grant application process, the program provides funding for materials recovery facilities to purchase polypropylene sortation equipment and for communities to support consumer education programs. The Recycling Partnership aims to raise $35 million over five years for the initiative, it says. 

Keurig Dr Pepper, Braskem, and the Walmart Foundation are founding members of the coalition, which includes recyclers EFS-plastics (Listowel, Ontario) and KW Plastics (Troy, Ala.), along with other stakeholders. Keurig Dr Pepper has committed $10 million over the next five years to the initiative as a founding sponsor, it says. An advisory committee including the Association of Plastic Recyclers (Washington, D.C.), Closed Loop Partners (New York City), and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (Charlottesville, Va.) will also guide the initiative. The Recycling Partnership continues to seek additional partners, it says. 

The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition is part of the Recycling Partnership’s Pathway to Circularity initiative, which is “designed to address systemic issues in the U.S. recycling system and catalyze the transition toward a circular economy for packaging,” it says. It is also informed by findings from the Partnership’s 2020 State of Curbside Recycling Report, which found there is “more significant domestic demand” for polypropylene as a separated material. Visit recyclingpartnership.org/polypropylene-coalition.
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