The Recycling Partnership's State of Curbside Reports
The 2020 State of Curbside Recycling report calls for these clear, integrated strategies:
- Substantially greater support of community recycling programs with capital funding, technical assistance, and efforts to strengthen and grow local political commitment to recycling services.
- New and enhanced state and federal recycling policies.
- Continued investment expansion in material processing and end markets.
- Resident education and engagement to help citizens recycle more, better.
- Continued innovation in the collection, sorting and general recyclability of materials, including the building of flexibility and resiliency to add new materials into the system.
- Broader stakeholder engagement in achieving all elements of true circularity, in which the fate of all materials is not just intended to be recycled, but that they are designed, collected, and actually turned into something new.
What was the state of curbside recycling in 2016? It was stronger in some places than in others. It was a dynamic community-level program. It had opportunities abound. This report analyzed data from the 465 curbside recycling programs from around the country studied, and also drew upon the knowledge, experience and research from the staff of The Recycling Partnership. Unless otherwise noted, all charts, figures and maps in the report are drawn from the data gathered for the project.