National nonprofit organization The Recycling Partnership (U.S.) announced its newest funding partner, the global food and beverage leader, PepsiCo. The organizations have agreed to collaborate on an ambitious cross-sector approach to increasing recycling rates across America.
PepsiCo’s collaboration with The Recycling Partnership will address the continued shortfall in U.S. recycling rates. Currently, still less than half of recyclables in U.S. homes are getting captured; just 22 million tons out of an available 46 million tons every year. The Recycling Partnership has already directly assisted more than 400 local communities, improving curbside recycling for 17 million households. This work has resulted in the recovery of 115 million pounds of material, and savings of 382 million gallons of water and 164,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases. Each new funder expands The Partnership’s reach to improve recycling through local and national work.
PepsiCo has already made significant efforts to cut packaging waste from its snack and beverage products. In 2015 alone, it removed approximately 100 million pounds of packaging and used 139 million pounds of recycled PET. Last year, PepsiCo announced new goals to strive to design 100 % of its packaging to be recoverable or recyclable by 2025 and to partner to increase packaging recovery and recycling rates.