Case Studies

Below are links to various recycling programs and their components, such as single stream collection programs and public education programs.

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The Curbside Value Partnership (CVP) is a 501(c)(3) organization designed to grow participation in curbside recycling programs nationwide. CVP engages all recycling stakeholders (including government, private industry, haulers and materials recovery facilities) to identify solutions to improving curbside recycling programs through education and data analysis.

To date, CVP has partnered with 28 communities and four states on strategic education campaigns to grow their program’s participation. To learn more about results from these partners, click here. Through the many partners CVP has worked with across the country, the organization has found that by growing participation, programs will see an increase in recycling volume and programs will become more sustainable.

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PlasticBagRecycling.org has published case studies of successful collection programs for plastic bags and film in California, Minnesota, Illinois and Arizona.

The City of Napa, CA, began an automated single stream recycling program that includes all household plastic bottles and rigid containers. See the case study prepared by Moore Recycling Associates here. (Note: the term STYROFOAM™ is used incorrectly—see guidelines).

The Victor Valley, CA, area expanded its recycling program to collect all rigid plastic containers. See the case study prepared by Moore Recycling Associates here. (Note: the term STYROFOAM™ is used incorrectly—see guidelines).

The Washington State Commingled Recycling Improvements Project created a best management practices guide and a comprehensive report on its commingled recycling collection program. Access the guide and report here.