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Carton Council releases report on multi-material recycling policy

Best practices at both the state and local levels are examined for policy mechanisms that include disposal bans, recycling policies, and Pay-As-You-Throw service fees.
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The Carton Council of North America has released a new report, prepared by Reclay StewardEdge, Inc., that assesses various policies designed to drive recycling of post-consumer packaging and printed paper. Titled “Research and Analysis of Policies that Drive Increased Recycling,” the report provides an overview of selected policies implemented across the U.S. and identifies best practices both at the state and local levels that private and public sectors can learn from. Three main types of policy mechanisms are covered: disposal bans, recycling policies, and Pay-As-You-Throw service fees.

“The report reinforced that decisions really should be made based on local circumstances, including the nature of the existing recycling infrastructure and policies already in place as well as stakeholder concerns and interests,” says Elisabeth Comere, who oversees government affairs for the Carton Council and is Director of Environment for the U.S. and Canada for Tetra Pak Inc.

The Carton Council is sharing the findings from this policy assessment in the hopes that it will help industry as well as state and local governments be better informed and more prepared to consider policy initiatives as one piece of the pie toward improved recovery. Additionally, the Carton Council hopes to play a leadership role in fostering further dialogue around policy together with its industry peers and the public sector. The Carton Council recognizes that policy is only one piece of the puzzle. High-performing recycling programs collect a wide range of recyclable materials, have strong recycling promotion programs, and are supported by a balance of policy and funding that stimulate infrastructure development and incentivize participation in recycling.

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“The Carton Council report provides an impetus in fostering valuable discussions and best practice sharing to ensure stakeholders are informed and aware of the options for their local recycling programs,” says Will Sagar, Executive Director of the Southeast Recycling Development Council. “Policy helps support successful recycling for municipalities, counties, and states nationwide.”

Completion of this policy assessment and disseminating of the results are part of the Carton Council’s efforts toward increasing recovery of cartons. Early this summer, the Carton Council announced that access to carton recycling had reached 50% in the U.S. 

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