Recycling Partnership Awards First Public Grant
Amcor, a global packaging producer, joins Coca Cola, Alcoa, and other industry partners as the Recycling Partnership, a collaborative, industry-funded effort designed to boost residential recycling in the U.S., officially awards its first public grant to the City of Columbia, South Carolina. The funding will support the Recycling Partnership’s inaugural project in Columbia, where a complete modernization of the city’s residential curbside recycling program will be undertaken.
Amcor and its partners have invested USD 300,000 in the Columbia, S.C. recycling project. Amcor became a partner in the Recycling Partnership in July 2014 and made the donation through the Amcor Community Program, which provides strategic partnership grants to organizations that share the company’s passion for responsible packaging and helping people in need.
“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 operates a manufacturing facility in nearby Blythewood, S.C.
Columbia is converting its recycling program from a bin-based to a cart-based collection program. As part of the program, some 34,000 households will receive 96-gallon carts, technical assistance, and recycling education/outreach. During the next 10 years, Columbia’s improved recycling efforts are expected to produce a savings of 236 million gallons of water, 1.2 million BTUs of energy, and 100,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gases.
Amcor expects to see a substantial increase in the recovery of valuable post-consumer PET plastic for input into polyester and PET products. According to the company, only 31% of PET bottles in the U.S. are recycled each year, resulting in millions of dollars’ worth of PET being thrown into landfills each year. The Recycling Partnership plans to invest more than $1.4 million this year in recycling infrastructure improvements nationwide.
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