11 Aug '11, 1pm

Why Bottle Recycling in US is Still Just a Drop in the Bucket

Why Bottle Recycling in US is Still Just a Drop in the Bucket

The highest recycling rates for cans and bottles in the U.S. go hand-in-hand with deposit programs. Beverage companies, though, are mainly opposed to such programs, but a couple have taken small steps in supporting a concept that would require companies to fund recycling programs, As You Sow says in its latest report on drink container recycling. Meanwhile, industry recycling partnerships and company-created bottle collection programs have made little headway in diverting recyclable packaging from landfills, says the non-profit's 2011 Waste and Opportunity report , which also scores companies on their recycling actions and goals. "(An extended producer responsibility program) seems to be the best way to move the needle," said Conrad MacKerron, director of As You Sow’s corporate social responsibility program, "because it would get all other players in packaging involved. Ex...

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