CVP Welcomes Communications Director

CVP is pleased to welcome Elizabeth Schussler to the team as CVP’s Communications Director. Elizabeth’s design career has long focused on recycling working with such groups as the Southeast Recycling Development Council, Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, and Resource Recycling Systems. “Elizabeth has a real knack for telling the recycling story. We’re thrilled to have her on board,” says CVP Executive Director Keefe Harrison. Elizabeth is based in Asheville,...

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CVP announces two FREE upcoming CVP webinars

CVP announces two FREE upcoming CVP webinars 1. CVP’s Recycling Partnership: A Systems Solution Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm eastern. Register at: www4.gotomeeting.com/register/852867863 Hear directly from funding partners Jeff Meyers, Sustainable Packaging Manager at Coca-Cola, and Beth Schmitt, Global Manger of Sustainability and Recycling at Alcoa, and our inaugural city partners, Richmond, VA, Columbia, SC, and Florence, AL. Learn about how this model of public-private partnership works, projected outcomes, and you can get involved! 2. Improving Quality: Reducing Curbside Contamination Tuesday, December 16, 2014 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm eastern Register at: www4.gotomeeting.com/register/934993055 How do local programs Improve Quality and Reduce Curbside Contamination? Join CVP and other municipal, MRF and marketing experts as they further define the issues and offer specific action items that you can implement right now. The cost is free, but your program can realize a real boost in value. We look forward to “seeing” you...

CVP’s Recycling Partnership Gets Rolling with First Three Cities

Curbside Value Partnership is pleased to announce that the Recycling Partnership is executing agreements with three cities, with a fourth city expected to be announced by the end of 2014. Columbia, South Carolina; Florence, AL and Richmond, VA have been selected as the inaugural 2014-2015 partner communities; contracts are expected to be finalized shortly. CVP is proud of the quick and decisive action taken by the Recycling Partnership funders in selecting this first set of communities.  “Within a week of launching on July 1, 2014, our inaugural funders had narrowed down the pool, dedicated a budget, and empowered CVP to begin contract negotiations. We appreciate their swift decision-making and belief in our goal of leveraging grants and technical assistance to transform the US curbside recycling system,” says Keefe Harrison, CVP Executive Director. Unique in the industry, the Recycling Partnership is coupling financial and technical assistance to create system-wide improvements for healthier recovery. Projections show that on average these first cities could realistically increase recovery of recyclable materials by more than 200%, bringing them on par with some of the top performing programs in the country.  Charlie Schwarze, Global Sustainability Manager at Amcor Rigid Plastics explains why The Recycling Partnership is an important pathway to reaching corporate sustainability goals, “From a packaging perspective, sustainability and recycling go hand in hand.  Increasing availability of recycled feedstock through an investment in the Recycling Partnership is one major way to help decouple our profitable growth from constrained natural resources.” The first round of community partners demonstrate a strong willingness to collaborate in creating the best possible recycling program for their citizens. “Our city has...

Recycling Partnership Selects First Three Partner Cities

National initiative welcomes newest member Amcor Curbside Value Partnership (CVP) is pleased to announce that the Recycling Partnership selected initial cities for activity and welcomed Amcor as the newest contributing Partner. “After last week’s official launch of The Recycling Partnership, we continue to gain steam with this week’s addition of Amcor. We are very pleased to gain their experienced voice to the growing group of Recycling Partners,” said CVP executive director, Keefe Harrison. Founded on July 1, 2014, the Recycling Partnership, in only week two, selected initial partner cities for the first round of work. “Once the contract ink has dried, we’ll be eager to announce these cities,” explains Harrison. Partners companies and organizations include: Alcoa Foundation, Amcor, American Chemistry Council, American Forest & Paper Association, the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, Ball Corporation, Carton Council, Coca-Cola, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, and Sonoco. CVP has a long track record of increasing the recovery of recyclables and is confident that this collaboration will contribute even more results. As CVP’s board chair and Alcoa global manager for sustainability and recycling Beth Schmitt explains, “We believe the Recycling Partnership is one of the most innovative and solution-based programs happening in the country. The public/private investment strategy has the potential to change the game in the Southeast and potentially the U.S.” Alcoa Foundation was first to announce financial support of the Partnership. “Savvy companies understand that supporting strong local recycling programs will help them meet their sustainability and business goals; and drive recycled feedstock into hungry mills and processing facilities. That’s why CVP has launched The Recycling Partnership,” explains CVP project...

Welcome Amcor to The Recycling Partnership

Curbside Value Partnership is pleased to announce that Amcor is the latest company to join The Recycling Partnership. “As we officially launch the work of The Recycling Partnership, we continue to gain steam with the recent addition of Amcor. We are thrilled to add their voice to the existing group of Partners,” said CVP Executive Director, Keefe...

Curbside Value Partnership to Dramatically Increase Recycling Rates

With more than a decade’s experience in driving public-private initiatives to boost recycling rates, Curbside Value Partnership is pleased to announce the implementation of its newest collaboration, The Recycling Partnership. Aimed at targeting strategic improvements to create long-standing increases in recycling recovery rates, the effort transforms public program performance through infrastructure improvements and strategic outreach. By financing one-time contributions to municipal recycling programs, long-standing improvements will take their hold. “We’re confident that the strategic thinking that’s shaped the Recycling Partnership will be successful in driving the increased recovery of recyclables,” said Jay Bassett, Materials Management Chief, EPA Region 4. “Many companies and organizations, both public and private, have been working and hoping for an innovative driver for recycling. It’s rewarding that we’re able to see aspiration turned into action.” Understanding that systems problems deserve systems solutions Curbside Value Partnership will leverage private dollars to unlock public investments around strategic recycling improvements that are designed to increase recovery. Selected communities will receive technical and financial assistance around four key areas: • Access: Ensuring all households with curbside collection are served by large roll carts. • Champion Building: Bolstering support from local and state elected officials. • Regional Coordination: Creating strategy across the entire supply chain, ensuring use of best management practices. • Education and Outreach: Increasing participation and reducing contamination. With first efforts beginning in the Southeast, The Recycling Partnership builds upon the key findings and grows to a national program to promote recycling. “We set a goal to start on July 1, and that’s what we’re doing,” explains Curbside Value Partnership executive director Keefe Harrison. “The hardest part was...

Sonoco newest addition to the Recycling Partnership

Curbside Value Partnership is please to announce Sonoco as the newest addition to The Recycling Partnership. Keefe Harrison, Executive Director for CVP, shared her enthusiasm for Sonoco’s decision to join, “we welcome Sonoco and appreciate their voice of support as we prepare to launch on July 1st.” Sonoco joins the Alcoa Foundation, American Chemistry Council, American Forest & Paper Association, the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, Ball Corporation, Carton Council, Coca-Cola, and Society of the Plastics...

SPI the latest to join the Recycling Partnership

The Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) is the newest addition to The Recycling Partnership. Karen Bandhauer, project director for CVP, said “we welcome SPI as an early adopter of the Recycling Partnership as we prepare to launch our work just a few days from now.” SPI joins the Alcoa Foundation, American Chemistry Council, American Forest & Paper Association, the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, Ball Corporation, Carton Council, and...

CVP Voices Concern Over Dirty MRF Trend

A Statement from CVP Executive Director, Keefe Harrison: For the past decade, Curbside Value Partnership has been dedicated to ensuring the expanded recovery of not just any recyclables, but good quality recyclables. Today’s recyclables are tomorrow’s printed paper, consumer goods, and packages.  We are concerned that Indianapolis’ pursuit of a mixed waste facility is a step away from that ideal.  “Dirty MRFs” have no track record nor any proven ability to support the development of clean, high quality and thus valuable recyclables. Traditional curbside programs do have such a track record. High performing curbside programs all across the U.S. consistently deliver high quality feedstocks increasingly essential to manufacturers, small and large, to make a wide range of everyday goods. More and more, consumers find recycled content in the products they buy. Yesterday’s food and beverage cans can return back to the shelf as new cans or in a whole host of durable goods; used plastics bottles can return to bottles, a living room carpet, or tomorrow’s football jerseys; cereal box fiber into new cereal boxes; cardboard into packaging; cartons into tissues. The list goes on. To continue this successful trend, recycling programs must deliver dependable supplies of good quality recyclables. CVP is working with brand owners, manufacturers and commodity industry stakeholders to expand a system that we know works: traditional curbside recycling.  Before investing in untested “dirty MRF” technology, we encourage communities to consider the importance of clean recyclables to many of our country’s most important industries, and to choose the proven path of effective...