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Amcor Rigid Plastics announces membership in industry-supported recycling initiative

"The Recycling Partnership" aims to increase residential recycling in the U.S.

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Amcor Rigid Plastics, a leading producer of rigid plastic packaging, has announced its membership in The Recycling Partnership, a collaborative, industry-funded effort designed to boost residential recycling in the U.S.

Amcor - one of the world’s largest manufacturers of plastic packaging for the food, beverage, spirits, personal/home care, and healthcare industries - joins the Alcoa Foundation, American Chemistry Council, American Forest & Paper Association, the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, Ball Corp., Carton Council, Coca-Cola, Society of the Plastics Industry, and Sonoco Products in this groundbreaking effort designed to leverage one-time private investments with public funding to support recycling efforts in several cities.

“Product stewardship is a key focus area within Amcor’s sustainability strategy and we see investment in the Recycling Partnership as one way for us to enable higher recycling rates in the U.S.,” said Mike Schmitt, President, Amcor Rigid Plastics. “This program brings together all parts of the packaging value chain and has the ability to rapidly scale recycling efforts across the nation.”

Curbside Value Partnership Director Keefe Harrison added: “After the official launch of The Recycling Partnership, we continue to gain steam with the addition of Amcor. We are very pleased to gain their experienced voice to the growing group of recycling partners.” The Recycling Partnership has already selected initial partner cities for the first round of funding. These municipalities will receive technical and financial assistance which will target four key areas:

  • Recycling Access – ensuring municipal households are served by large roll carts.

  • Champion Building – bolstering support from local and state-elected officials.

  • Regional Coordination – creating strategies across the entire recycling value chain to ensure best management practices for municipal recycling.

  • Education and Outreach – Increasing recycling participation and reducing contamination in the recycling stream.

“Amcor is proud to be part of The Recycling Partnership,” said Charlie Schwarze, global sustainability manager at Amcor Rigid Plastics. “As a global packaging leader, Amcor’s management and co-workers are resolute in our commitment to the communities where we work and live.”

Amcor’s belief statement firmly states that the company believes in responsible packaging, according to Schwarze. “Our investment in The Recycling Partnership marries these two missions: community and responsible packaging. Amcor’s involvement in a structured, multi-stakeholder group focused on recycling will ignite communities with education while providing real economic and environmental benefits,” said Schwarze.

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