In 2015-2016, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) led an industry collaborative to study the availability of recycling programs in the United States and the types of packaging accepted in those programs.
Key findings include:
Curbside programs are available to 73% of the US population.
For 21% of the population, drop-off recycling programs are the only programs available.
Of the portion of the population with a subscription or opt-in curbside recycling program available, about one third are estimated to elect to participate in the program and receive their curbside recycling receptacle.
Only 21% of the population is estimated to live in communities providing a uniform curbside collection program to residents of all building types – single-family homes, small multi-family buildings, and large multi-family complexes.