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...