Colgate’s support of The Recycling Partnership is part of the All In On Recycling challenge, which kicked off with a $10 million investment from the PepsiCo Foundation this summer. The goal of this largest industry-wide challenge is to raise $25 million in total donations from leading businesses, companies, and organizations to deliver recycling support to more than 2,800 communities nationwide over the next five years.
“We are delighted to have Colgate-Palmolive Company join The Recycling Partnership and support the All In On Recycling challenge,” said Keefe Harrison, CEO of The Recycling Partnership. “When we created this challenge, our mission was to work with corporations in all sectors to improve recycling access and increase the quality of recyclables in the U.S. The investment from the Colgate-Palmolive Company will support our goal is to help every family in America recycle and recycle well on America Recycles Day and every day.”
The Recycling Partnership estimates the All In On Recycling challenge will help the U.S. capture 1.9 million tons of quality recyclable materials over the next five years. This would result in a total greenhouse gas avoidance of 5.5 million tons of CO2 – the equivalent of removing more than 1 million cars off the road for a year.
Colgate has targeted 100% recyclability of its packaging and 25% recycled content in all plastic packaging by 2025. Today, joining with the Partnership and other leading companies, Colgate signed the EPA’s 2018 America Recycles Day Pledge.
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“We’re excited to join with The Recycling Partnership to address the challenge of recyclability and look forward to collaborating with other organizations, NGOs and governments to address this important issue,” said Ann Tracy, Vice President, Global Sustainability, EOHS and Supply Chain Strategy at Colgate-Palmolive.
Funds raised by this challenge are expected to help provide curbside carts to more than 550,000 households the missing infrastructure needed to recover recyclables from multi-family homes, such as apartment buildings and condos. Additional funding will support critical recycling education and operational programs that will increase collection of recyclables while reducing contamination.
“Congratulations to Colgate-Palmolive Company for making an investment to lift U.S. recycling rates and close the loop,” said Kathleen Niesen, Director, Recycling and Sustainability, PepsiCo North America Beverages. “The proven, effective model that The Recycling Partnership takes nationwide to make recycling easier and more convenient is exactly why PepsiCo has chosen to work with The Recycling Partnership to realize our vision to build a company where plastics need never become waste. Together, we can and must take recycling to the next level.”