Paper Recycling Program Increases Curbside Recovery by 4.5 Percent
Baltimore, MD— At the National Recycling Congress
held September 16, Abitibi Recycling, supported by Skumatz Economic Research
Associates (SERA), announced the results of a new study that finds the
Paper Retriever program boosts municipal curbside recovery programs by
an average of 4.5 percentage points at no additional cost to municipal-run
Abitibi Recycling released the new SERA study, “The
Paper Retriever Impact on Curbside Recycling,” at the “Maximizing
Diversion/Minimizing Dollars” session. The study used 95 Paper Retriever
communities and 125 non-Paper Retriever communities randomly selected
The study determined the effect of Abitibi Recycling’s
proprietary, community drop-off program on the recovery rates of municipal-run
curbside programs. San Antonio’s Solid Waste Director, Dan Cardenas,
further confirmed results with direct experience resulting from the introduction
of Paper Retriever there eight years ago.
The company’s community drop-off containers combined
with in-school education and advertising relationships with media are
investments Abitibi-Consolidated makes to increase paper recycling. The
program supplies containers at no charge to schools, churches and other
nonprofit organizations, and pays more than $2.5 million annually to those
groups for paper recycled through their containers.
Through their combined efforts to divert paper from the
waste stream, Abitibi and its Paper Retriever partners save an estimated
2.2 million cubic yards of landfill space each year in North America.