Study: Dwindling recycling rates tied to consumer behavior

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At the Packaging Recycling Summit in Atlanta earlier this month, Katherine Huded, vice president of circular ventures at The Recycling Partnership (TRP), Washington, discussed the impact of consumer behavior on recycling rates in states with extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs.

In a session called Critical Role of Consumer Behavior in EPR States, Huded explained that EPR goals cannot be reached with infrastructure alone and that municipalities and recyclers must gain a thorough understanding of their community members to raise recycling rates.

“People are half the problem,” Huded said. “But they’re also half the solution.”

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