Issued by Ball Corporation
First-of-its-Kind Report Ranks U.S. States Based on Recycling Performance; Finds Data, Policy and Infrastructure Investment Critical to Improve Recycling Rates
A recent report by international environment consultancy Eunomia, with support from Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL), offers the first state-by-state comparison of recycling rates for the most commonly used containers and packaging materials in the United States: "The 50 States of Recycling: A State-by-State Assessment of Containers and Packaging Recycling Rates."
The report, which assessed plastic bottles and trays, glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans, steel cans and cardboard and boxboard, finds that data, policy and infrastructure investment are critical to improving recycling rates. The report used 2018 data sourced from the EPA, states, counties, municipalities, sorting facilities and material processors.
Key findings include:
The report is intended to set a baseline in each state that can be leveraged to inform policy, design programs and assess infrastructure proposals and improvements. This study takes a bottom-up approach to estimating recycling rates, analyzing what is found in the waste stream based on published state and municipality data to estimate generation and recycling. Importantly, the report focuses on recycling rates based on the actual material reprocessed or "upcycled" into new products, rather than the collection rate, the more commonly used standard of measurement. By taking actual material reprocessed into new products as the point of measurement, the recycling rate is more representative of a material's true circularity and accounts for material losses at the sorting and processing stage.
The study found the 10 states with the highest recycling rate for common containers and packaging materials (CCPM) excluding cardboard and boxboard in 2018 are: Maine (72%); Vermont (62%); Massachusetts (55%); Oregon (55%); Connecticut (52%); New York (51%); Minnesota (49%); Michigan (48%); New Jersey (46%); and Iowa (44%).
The 10 states with the lowest recycling rate for CCPM (excluding cardboard and boxboard) in 2018 are: New Mexico (13%); Texas (13%); Alabama (11%); Oklahoma (10%); Mississippi (8%); South Carolina (8%); Tennessee (7%); Alaska (6%); Louisiana (4%); and West Virginia (2%).
Among the other highlights in the report:
To view the full report and download fact sheets, visit www.Ball.com/RealCircularity. The full report is also available for download on the Eunomia website.
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Established in 2001, Eunomia Research & Consulting ('Eunomia') is an international environmental consultancy dedicated to adding value to organisations through the delivery of improved outcomes. Eunomia has over 100 employees, with offices in Bristol, London, Manchester, Brussels, Athens, New York and Auckland. Working throughout the UK, other EU Member States and beyond, Eunomia's consultants have experience and expertise in environmental, technical and commercial disciplines. For more information about Eunomia, please visit www.eunomia.co.uk