More than 90 industry leaders, representing nearly all of the packaging and beverage industries in the U.S. gathered today in Dallas, TX to kick off the Action to Accelerate Recycling Summit, sponsored by Alcoa. Energized and experienced leaders from government, industry and non-governmental organizations began to tackle the issue of how to voluntarily drive recycling rates up by 20 percentage points in the next three years.
"The collective knowledge, experience, and passion for driving recycling rates higher is energizing," said Beth Schmitt, director of recycling programs for Alcoa. "There's a sense of momentum that's developing here. The companies here know that increasing recycling is not only the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do for our shareholders."
The summit concludes on February 9, with a call to launch an industry-driven program to drive higher recycling rates rapidly to meet demand for recycled content.