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.
“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.”
Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet, Hill's Prescription Diet and Hill's Ideal Balance. For more information about Colgate's global business, visit the Company's web site at http://www.colgatepalmolive.com. To learn more about Colgate’s sustainability efforts, please visit www.colgatepalmolive.com/en-us/core-values/sustainability and the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, at www.colgatebsbf.com. CL-C
About The Recycling Partnership
The Recycling Partnership www.recyclingpartnership.org is a national nonprofit organization that leverages corporate partner funding to transform recycling for good in cities and towns all across America. As the only organization in the country that engages the full recycling supply chain from the corporations that manufacture products and packaging to local governments charged with recycling to industry end markets, haulers, material recovery facilities, and converters; The Recycling Partnership positively impacts recycling at every step in the process. By the end of 2018, The Recycling Partnership expects to have served more than 900 communities with tools, resources and technical support, helped place over 500,000 recycling carts, reached 47 million households, and helped companies and communities invest more than $32 million in recycling infrastructure.
About PepsiCo Foundation
Established in 1962, the PepsiCo Foundation works with non-profit partners to develop innovative, sustainable solutions that address challenges in underserved communities around the world. The Foundation, along with PepsiCo and its employees, seeks to catalyze efforts that advance our Performance with Purpose 2025 goals related to increasing access to nutritious servings, providing access to safe water, partnering to increase recycling rates, and enabling young women to progress through school and be successful in the workforce. For more information, please visit www.pepsico.com/Purpose/Global-Citizenship.