The Recycling Partnership has provided financial assistance to seven other US MRFs through its Polypropylene Recycling Coalition.
The Coalition’s latest grant, announced today, will provide a total of nearly $1.6 million to the following facility operators: Baltimore County, Maryland; Cedar Avenue recycling and transfer station in Fresno, CA; Napa Recycling in Napa, California; the city of Phoenix; Recycle Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Republic Services in Oberlin, Ohio; and SOCRRA in Troy, Michigan.
These entities will use the funding to enhance outreach efforts for polypropylene (PP) sorting and recycling. The Recycling Partnership, a national brand-backed organization focused on boosting municipal recycling, has now supported 20 processing sites through the PP initiative.
The organization estimates that with its PP grant funding to date, the annual PP recovery will increase by £22m.
“This is the kind of meaningful investment that all materials need to improve the circularity of their packaging,” said Sarah Dearman, vice president of circular businesses at The Recycling Partnership. Press release.
PP is a resin increasingly used by packaging manufacturers, but its recovery is lagging behind that of plastics such as PET and HDPE in the collection stream. The material has been central to broader industry conversations about labeling recyclability.
By helping MRFs sort PP, the Recycling Partnership grant program is working to make PP materials accepted into curbside collection systems for more US households. The group says the funding initiative over the past two years has improved recycling for 7.2 million households.
the application period for the next round of Polypropylene Recycling Coalition grants running through the end of May.
A version of this story appeared in Plastics Recycling Update on April 6.