PepsiCo joins The Recycling Partnership to address the continued shortfall in US recycling rates.
Currently, still less than half of recyclables in U.S. homes are getting captured; 22 million tons out of an available 46 million tons every year, according to Sustainable Packaging.
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.
In 2015, PepsiCo removed approximately 100 million pounds of packaging and used 139 million pounds of recycled polyethylene terephthalate or PET.
Last year, the company 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.
“PepsiCo is investing to ensure the materials we use are recoverable or recyclable,” said Roberta Barbieri, VP, global water and environmental solutions.
“Beyond design, it is vital that we boost recycling rates in the United States, which remain too low.”
“PepsiCo’s work with The Recycling Partnership will enable well-informed, collective investment in local recycling infrastructure and education, and drive real environmental benefits in our communities.”