Today, Recollect is proud to support The Recycling Partnership as it announces the recipients of its Steve Thompson Memorial Education Grants program. This brings more than 50 recycling professionals from across the U.S. to Minneapolis for the 2017 Resource Recycling Conference to further their recycling education.

At the end of 2016, The Recycling Partnership released its 2016 State of Curbside report, identifying the key attributes of the highest-performing recycling programs in the U.S. The single attribute found in 100 percent of those communities was engagement in “public action,” where local program staff were actively managing their programs. In other words, recycling professionals are the key to better program performance.

“To deliver powerful public actions that will enable these programs to recover more better recyclables, recycling professionals need tools – tools that we have available and that they will receive from the experts and leaders at the Resource Recycling Conference,” said Keefe Harrison, the organization’s CEO. “We are thrilled to make this investment in the future of the recycling system.”

ReCollect joins other groups including Keep America Beautiful, Dow, and the Closed Loop Fund.

“You can accomplish more with others than you can do alone – and we thank these companies and groups for joining us in bringing 53 recycling professionals from 34 U.S. states and the District of Columbia to the Resource Recycling Conference,” said Harrison.

Steve Thompson was a committed recycling champion who worked tirelessly to move the industry forward. Thompson, who passed away in 2016, served as executive director of The Recycling Partnership’s precursor organization, the Curbside Value Partnership, before retiring in 2014. The grants are meant to honor him and his life’s work.



About The Recycling Partnership

The Recycling Partnership is a national nonprofit organization that applies corporate partner funding to improve the recycling system in cities and towns across the nation, thus increasing supplies of clean materials for manufacturing. The Recycling Partnership is the only organization in the country that engages the full recycling supply chain: from the corporations that manufacture products and packaging, to local government charged with recycling, to industry end markets, haulers, material recovery facilities, and converters, positively effecting recycling at every step in the process and transforming recycling in towns all across America.

Between 2015 and today, The Recycling Partnership has assisted more than 420 communities with tools, resources and technical support. It has provided 400,000 recycling carts, reached 17 million households, and helped companies invest more than $27 million in recycling infrastructure. In doing so, it has achieved results in the form of: 382 million gallons of water saved, 164,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas avoidance, reductions in targeted contamination rates, and an energy savings of 2.0 trillion BTU / year.

ReCollect proudly congratulates the recipients of the 2017 Recycling Partnership grants.