Vernon Hills, Illinois, USA — The Carton Council of North America has announced that fifty percent of U.S. households can now recycle cartons through curbside and other local recycling programs. This is seen as a milestone representing the tremendous industry-led effort made possible by the support of countless recycling, packaging, municipal and sustainability stakeholders.
„This milestone was achieved through industry collaboration and is the result of successful private-public partnerships,“ said Jason Pelz, vice president of recycling projects for the Carton Council of North America and vice president, environment, Tetra Pak North America. „Thanks to the growing list of recycling program coordinators, facility operators and recycling company representatives who have recognized firsthand the value of carton recycling and who are committed to helping increase access, we have been able to achieve tremendous, and unprecedented, growth, reaching 50 percent access in just five years. Every day, more of our customers and stakeholders get involved, and we welcome them with open arms.“
Carton recycling access has grown a remarkable 177 percent over the last five years, starting at just 18 percent in 2009 when the Carton Council was first formed. Since then, impressive progress has been made in building infrastructure and improving access to carton recycling nationwide. The Carton Council is a group of carton manufacturers united to deliver long-term collaborative solutions in order to divert valuable cartons from the landfill.
While products such as aluminum cans and paper have been part of the recycling stream for years, cartons have been among the last frontier of materials to be readily recyclable. With access growing every day, cartons are quickly becoming a standard recyclable material. Since 2009, carton recycling access has been added to more than 36 million homes and is now in 77 of the top 100 U.S. cities. Today, more than 58 million homes in 46 states have access to carton recycling.
„While we pause to celebrate the achievement of 50 percent, it’s important to note that we are not done growing access,“ said Pelz. „Cartons belong with the rest of mainstream recycling commodities, in all recycling bins/carts and accepted in all programs, across the country. In fact, 50 percent is just one milestone for us. We envision the day when cartons are recycled everywhere and no cartons end up in landfills. It is with this ambition that we are marching full speed ahead.“
Source: Carton Council of North America / PRNewswire