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IBWA Helps National Partnership with Bottled Water Recycling Efforts

April 20, 2016

The benefits of bottled water keep flowing to higher levels: It’s convenient, it’s healthy and it’s pure. Now, in order to bolster bottled water recycling and other conservation efforts, the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is helping the Recycling Partnership, according to the American Society of Association Executives™.

The Recycling Partnership is a national recycling nonprofit organization formed in 2003 to help local governments and create community partnerships. The 640-member IBWA is the bottled water industry’s trade group.

“The bottled water industry is actively working to build partnerships that will help increase recycling efforts, and the reliable, scalable results that the Recycling Partnership delivers are hitting the mark for us,” said Chris Hogan, IBWA vice president of communications.

Other group sponsors of the Recycling Partnership include Consumer Technology Association, the American Chemistry Council, Coca-Cola, Heineken USA and Procter & Gamble.

Partnership Praises Bottled Water Association

“IBWA unifies the bottled water industry in much the same way that we unify the recycling industry, making them great strategy partners for squeezing every last drop of goodness out of our work,” said Keefe Harrison, the Recycling Partnership’s executive director, in NOW Associations.

Harrison praised IBWA’s support. “It’s a pretty simple equation,” he said. “More funding partners equals more resources, which directly equates to the recovery of more high-quality recyclable material.”

The Recycling Partnership donated $11 million to local governments and organizations last year for recycling efforts, which helped buy 165,000 recycling carts and helped 1.2 million households with recycling.

The recycling partnership donated $11 million to local governments & organizations in 2015 for recycling efforts.

“The recycling rate for single-serve PET plastic bottled water containers has more than doubled in the last 10 years, and they are the most frequently recycled PET beverage containers in curbside recycling programs,” Hogan said. “As an industry, we are always looking for ways to strengthen existing programs and help to expand recycling efforts ever further.”

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