Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky 2021-06-06 17:50:15 –
Due to the interruption of normal activities over the past year, many Kentuckies have occasionally resorted to going out to nature to uplift our spirits. It’s easy to appreciate the natural environment, but it’s easy to forget what we need to protect it.
World Environment Day, June 5, is an important opportunity to consider what steps to take to protect the environment. At the Kentucky Beverage Association, we are always looking for opportunities to conserve natural resources and give back to the communities we serve.
To reduce the plastic footprint and protect the planet, the beverage industry has carefully designed 100% recyclable PET bottles, including caps. After being recycled, it can be remade into new bottles. This reduces the need for new plastics and promotes the circulating economy of bottles. Unfortunately, some of our neighborhoods have old recycling infrastructure and are often confused about recyclable materials.
As a result, beverage companies throughout Kentucky have invested in modernizing Louisville’s recycling infrastructure and improving family access.
according to 2018 Solid Waste Survey in Louisville and Jefferson CountyAlthough only 18% of residential waste is recycled, the same study found that “two-thirds of all materials sent to landfills by Jefferson County residents and businesses are now or potentially recoverable. It is shown that there is. Research has shown that some recycling programs exist only on a limited scale, all materials are not widely distributed, and information on the best ways to recycle is inconsistent throughout the county. ..
City leaders believe Louisville should do better, and Kentucky beverage companies are excited to help make that happen.
Since 2019, leading American beverage companies have partnered with environmental groups and local leaders to form an innovative partnership called the Every Bottle Back Initiative. Working with the City of Louisville and its environmental partner Recycling Partnership, our $ 500,000 investment will significantly increase access to safe and effective recycling and improved collection infrastructure. The money is being used to provide large carts to 28,000 households in Louisville, allowing more Kentucky citizens to recycle materials on a regular basis, including 100% recyclable beverage bottles and cans.
Once used PET bottles are collected, the beverage industry can replace more PET bottles with new ones. Not only do they keep them away from rivers, lakes and landfills, but they also reduce the use of new plastics overall.
Improving access to larger carts for Louisville residents is only half the battle. Voting program Nearly 50% of consumers are unaware that PET bottles of beverages are 100% recyclable.
To address this challenge head-on, we inform community members about what can and cannot be recycled and allow them to participate in the Louisville recycling program. Through this investment in Every Bottleback, we will provide Louisville residents with recycled materials.
Recycling challenges vary from city to city, but I’m confident that this donation will help make a difference. The investment in Louisville Every Bottle Back will generate £ 35m of new recyclable resources over a 10-year period. This includes £ 1.4 million of recycled PET, the 100% recyclable material that makes up our products.
To celebrate World Environment Day, the Kentucky Beverages Association is proud to help build a more sustainable future for our community. We will continue to work with the people of Kentucky to promote innovative solutions that can protect the environment of the next generation.
Sarah Massy is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Beverage Association, an industry association in the refreshing non-alcoholic beverage industry in Kentucky, and has been serving the general public and its members since 1917.
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