The Recycling Partnership's inaugural effort to boost curbside recycling around the country kicked off this week in Columbia, S.C.
The effort includes a $300,000 investment in Columbia's recycling project by the partnership, which includes several companies including Amcor Ltd., Coca-Cola Co. and Alcoa.
“The Recycling Partnership provides the initial funding to help communities prioritize recycling among other important municipal projects,” said Charlie Schwarze, global sustainability manager at Amcor Rigid Plastics. “This investment also serves a dual-purpose within Amcor by enabling us to invest in a community where we operate and also increase the amount of valuable recycled PET material for future conversion.”
Amcor, the company said, operates a manufacturing facility in nearby Blythewood.
Other members of the Recycling Partnership include American Chemistry Council, American Forest & Paper Association, Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, Ball Corp., Carton Council, Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. and Sonoco Products Co. as financial supporters.
The Recycling Partnership seeks to leverage private investments with public funding to support recycling in several cities. The program also has announced plans to help improve curbside recycling in Florence, Ala., and Richmond, Va.