Villa Park Receives Investment for Recycling Upgrades As Part of Beverage Industry's 'Every Bottle Back' Initiative

Posted Jun. 12, 2023

Investment made possible by public-private partnership between American Beverage, Illinois Beverage Association, sustainability leaders and Villa Park 

VILLA PARK, Ill. – American Beverage, in partnership with The Recycling Partnership, today announced Villa Park has been selected to receive $97,500 from the beverage industry as part of its Every Bottle Back initiative to improve recycling rates. The investment will help provide new, 65-gallon recycling carts free of charge to residents to increase the collection of valuable recyclables, including our 100% recyclable bottles and cans. The beverage industry funds are part of a total Every Bottle Back commitment of $780,000 to overhaul residential recycling, making it more efficient and effective for Villa Park residents. 

This is the second Every Bottle Back investment announced in Illinois, with a previous investment made in LaSalle.

“American Beverage is excited to build upon the progress of Every Bottle Back in Illinois with this new investment in Villa Park,” said Kevin Keane, interim president and chief executive officer (CEO) of American Beverage. “Making investments to improve residential recycling will help us to collect more of our 100% recyclable bottles and cans so they can be remade as intended. This announcement is possible thanks to the commitment of leaders in Villa Park and we are grateful for their partnership.” 

“The local companies of the Illinois Beverage Association believe that our bottles and cans can be kept out of nature by improving the way we recycle,” said Brad Harden, president of the Illinois Beverage Association. “New high-capacity recycling carts will allow Villa Park residents to recycle more materials, including our bottles and cans, so they can be remade into new products as intended.”

“The Village of Villa Park is looking forward to working with The Recycling Partnership and Lakeshore Recycling Service to improve our curbside recycling program," said Matthew Harline, village manager of Villa Park. "Our current program lacks any uniformity and results in trash and recycling getting into the wrong processing stream. The carts should increase participation and improve the amount of material actually being recycled that is intended for recycling.” 

"The Recycling Partnership has been excited to work with Villa Park and are grateful to American Beverage’s Every Bottle Back initiative for their support," said Mari Long, community program manager from The Recycling Partnership. "This project will allow residents to capture more recyclable materials at the curb, keeping it out of the environment, and getting it back into the circular economy."

This investment will directly benefit nearly 22,000 Villa Park residents across 6,500 households. Over the next decade, the investment is expected to yield 8.6 million pounds of new recyclables, including 335,400 pounds of PET plastic, which is used to make America’s leading beverage companies’ 100% recyclable bottles, and 111,800 pounds of aluminum. 

The Every Bottle Back investment in Villa Park is the latest in 31 initial projects the beverage industry has committed to funding under Every Bottle Back. To date, Every Bottle Back investments total more than $22 million in committed funding and are estimated to yield more than 726 million more pounds of PET over 10 years.



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