Market Based Recycling


We Have a Recycling Problem

Only 34% of municipal solid waste is getting recycled in the United States. Meanwhile, manufacturers can’t get enough recycled glass, plastic, aluminum, steel and paper because we are burying too much of these valuable commodities in landfills.

Government has its limits, and state and local governments are not able to adequately meet the challenge to increase recycling collection and effectiveness on the scale necessary. Private sector leadership is needed to efficiently recycle more of our waste. Better recycling calls for a better solution.






New Study Findings Point to a Solution

Recycling Reinvented believes that a market-based producer responsibility model can help solve our nation’s recycling problem by improving collection of household recyclables while also addressing the private sector’s growing demand for post-consumer raw material for manufacturing. Recycling Reinvented has recently completed a cost-benefit analysis study to provide stakeholders with a data-driven, fact-based appraisal of the potential benefits and costs of a uniquely American EPR recovery system for household packaging and printed paper (PPP).

Please use these links for the study results, including the recently posted listing of internal study reviewers. Specific sections of the study are found in three separate working papers:

Extended Producer Responsibility Cost-Benefit Study Summary

***Study Reviewers for the 2014 Cost Benefit Study