Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) is committing $10 million over the next five years to improve polypropylene recycling in the US.
The investment forms the founding sponsorship of The Recycling Partnership’s Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, intended as a significant for recycling infrastructure improvement.
The company has committed these funds alongside investments from industry peers with the aim of increasing and improving both the recovery and recycling of polypropylene plastic in the US.
The Coalition will work to solidify polypropylene’s status as a standard curbside recycling material through projects that enhance collection, sortation and processing in recycling facilities which, in turn, will increase the value and supply of recycled polypropylene (rPP) and reduce the need for virgin plastic used in packaging.
KDP said the sponsorship supports its boarder efforts to reduce its plastic footprint through circular solutions and collaborations.
It is on track to meet its commitments of making 100% of its packaging recyclable or compostable and incorporating 30% post-consumer recycled content (PCR) in its packaging by 2025
“Along with advancing our own sustainable packaging commitments, Keurig Dr Pepper is also focused on driving meaningful change in the nearly 20,000 complex recycling systems currently found across the United States through targeted investments and collaborations like the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition,” said Monique Oxender, Chief Sustainability Officer, Keurig Dr Pepper.
“Investing in partnerships that amplify our individual actions will enable us to truly drive progress in eliminating packaging waste by improving recycling infrastructure and enhancing consumer education efforts, both of which will increase the recovery of valuable plastics.”