Research & Reports 

This collection of studies and articles was used in part to develop the calendar. It is geared toward industry professionals and focused around consumer education and increasing individual and in-home adoption of better recycling behaviors.

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Recycling basics & benefits

2023 ISRI Recycled Materials Industry Yearbook 

from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, 2024

The State of Recycling Today

from Recycle Track Systems, 2024

50 States Of Recycling 2.0

from The Ball Corporation, 2023

Aluminum Life Cycle Assessment Report

from the Aluminum Association, 2022

U.S. Pact 2021 Annual Report

from the US Plastics Pact, 2021

2021 Access to Recycling Study

from the American Forest & Paper Association, 2021

Global Plastics Outlook

from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 2020

Improving recycling behaviors

How to Address the Intention-Action Gap in Recycling

from the Recycling Partnership, June 20, 2023 

Study examines how better communication can boost recycling

from the University at Buffalo, April 25, 2022

Case Study: A Look at Contamination Reduction in the State of Washington

from the Recycling Partnership, December 7, 2021 

BLOG: What Helps People Better Understand Recycling Instructions?

from the Recycling Partnership, October 7, 2021 

People recycle more when they know what recyclable waste becomes

from Science Daily & the American Marketing Association, May 16, 2019

West Coast Contamination Initiative Research Report

from the Recycling Partnership, 2019

Improving Hampshire’s recycling using behavioural insights

from the Local Government Association of the United Kingdom, Aug 2018

Perceptions of recycling 

Circular Claims Fall Flat Again

from Greenpeace, 2022

How Useful Is Recycling, Really? 

from The Atlantic, January 28, 2021

Does recycling help the climate? 

from Green America, November 15, 2019

A Whopping 91 Percent of Plastic Isn’t Recycled

from the National Geographic, December 20, 2018

Recycling perceptions, realities vary widely in U.S. 

from the Pew Research Center, October 7, 2016

Is Recycling Worth It? 

from Scientific American, November 5, 2015