The Recycling Partnership

Founding Year: 2014

Staff: 52

Budget: 10M

Keefe Harrison (Fonder and CEO

Dedicated to advancing the circular economy in North America by improving residential recycling, providing technical assistance, and investing in the recycling value chain to reduce waste, create jobs and generate manufacturing feedstock. Over 60 very large companies and organizations (e.g., Coke, Procter and Gamble, the American Chemistry Council) provide support to the Partnership. Describes itself as “the leading organization” in the United States “that engages the full recycling supply chain”. The Partnership has worked with more than 2,000 communities to “have diverted more than 375M pounds of recyclables from landfills, avoided more than 420K metric tons of greenhouse gases, saved 968M gallons of water, and drove significant reductions in targeted contamination rates.”

The Partnership is a well-funded, corporately-focused operation.

  • Pathway to Circularity: five key building blocks that make up the framework: packaging fate, capture journey, design for circularity, package prevalence, and MRF and community adoption
  • Film and Flexibles Coalition: Addressing the operational challenges presented by these plastics to Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) and the dearth of end markets for reprocessing them into raw materials
  • Plastic IQ:  Helping U.S. companies develop an effective plastic packaging strategy, work together to compare strategies with industry best practices, and prioritize innovative solutions to advance circularity 
  • Polypropylene Recycling Coalition: increasing curbside recycling programs, sorting materials successfully, and stimulating end-market for reuse
  • Circular Economy Accelerator: Putting all 37.4 million tons of residential recyclables back into the economy each year to support 370,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs and achieving the equivalent of removing 20 million cars from U.S. highways
Recent Publications
  • Paying It Forward: How Investments in Recycling Will Pay Dividends (May 2021, 49p)
  • Start at the Cart: Key Concepts of Influencing Recycling Behavior to Drive a Circular Economy (February 2021, 21p)


S.No. Title Organization Publication Date Page Number Report Link Download

Paying It Forward: How Investment in Recycling Will Pay Dividends

The Recycling Partnership Link Download

The Recycling Partnership contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
    Calls for an end to poverty globally by 2030 and promotes increased access to basic services and social protection.
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  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
    Aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well Being
    Aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, by reducing mortality rates and increasing access to equitable health care for men and women.
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  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
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  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    Aims to end gender discrimination in all forms and promote equal opportunity for all women and girls in terms of education, career, and sexual/reproductive rights.
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  • SDG 6 -Clean Water and Sanitisation
    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by promoting global access to adequate sanitation and hygiene.
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  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by promoting affordable and reliable energy sources.
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  • SDG 8 -Decent Work and Economic Growth
    Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
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  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
    Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.  
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  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    Aims to achieve economic growth by reducing inequalities regarding social, economic and political opportunities and freedoms.
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  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    Aims to promote the globalization of sustainable cities and communities in turn providing universal safe and affordable housing.
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  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    Aims to create responsible and sustainable practices involving consumption and production through efficiently using natural resources.
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  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    Calls to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts through global awareness, education, and integration into government policies.
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  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
    Calls to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development and prevent and reduce marine pollution in order to protect ecosystems and achieve healthy oceans.
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  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
    Aims to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
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  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    Aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Calls to reduce all forms of violence and deaths related to violence and to end abuse and exploitation
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  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals
    Aims to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development by mobilizing domestic resources in order to provide support for developing countries.
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