Keurig Dr Pepper has committed $10 million over the next five years to increase and improve the recovery and recycling of polypropylene plastic in the US.
The commitment comes as part of the company’s founding sponsorship of The Recycling Partnership’s Polypropylene Recycling Coalition.
The Coalition will work to cement polypropylene’s status as a standard curbside recycling material through projects that enhance collection, sorting and processing in recycling facilities to increase the value and supply of recycled polypropylene (rPP), and reduce the need for virgin plastic used in packaging.
According to a statement from Keurig Dr Pepper, this sponsorship supports the company’s broader efforts to reduce its plastic footprint. The company has already stated that it aims to ensure all K-Cup coffee pods in the US are made from recyclable polypropylene by the end of this year.
Monique Oxender, chief sustainability officer, Keurig Dr Pepper, said: “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.
“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.”