As we told you last week, Nov. 15 was America Recycles Day. America’s beverage companies take recycling very seriously, and they don’t just talk the talk. Here are some of the actions beverage companies have recently taken to improve recycling rates and services across the country:

  •         On Oct. 29, PepsiCo announced a plan to use 25% recycled content in plastic packaging by 2025. PepsiCo says it will reach the goal by collaborating with suppliers and partners to increase consumer education, foster cross-industry and public-private partnerships and advocate for improved recycling infrastructure and regulatory reform. Pepsi vice chairman Mehmood Khan says, “PepsiCo’s sustainable plastics vision is to build a PepsiCo where plastics need never become waste.”
  •           Keurig Dr Pepper partnered with Keep America Beautiful to host the 2018 “State of Recycling” forum in Washington, D.C on Nov. 15. The forum provides an overview of the opportunities and challenges facing recycling in the United States, as well as addressing critical topics that impact and can be influenced by industry stakeholders, government and individuals.
  •          The Coca-Cola Foundation is also partnering with Keep America Beautiful. On Nov. 20, the two organizations announced the opening of the application period for the 2018 Keep America Beautiful / Coca-Cola Public Spaces Recycling Bin Grant Program. The initiative is designed to increase access to recycling in community public spaces across America. Over the past 11 years, Coca-Cola and Keep America Beautiful have collaborated to donate recycling bins to more than 1,000 communities in all 50 states.

Our environment is precious and it's important that we create businesses that are sustainable and communities that are equipped to recycle. America’s beverage companies recognize this and are doing their part to build capacity and increase awareness.