Recycling good for business, as well as environment says NACS and CMI

Recycling is not just good for the environment, but for business too, says a new resource published by NACS and the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI).

The new resource, The Value of Can and Bottle Recycling, offers tips and suggestions for improving current practices, how to effectively communicate the goals of the program with staff and customers, as well as a checklist to help retailers reduce contamination in their recycling bins.

“NACS consumer surveys reveal that 70% of c-store customers say they empty out their vehicles while filling up at the pump, oftentimes placing recyclable materials like beverage cans and bottles in regular trash bins,” said Carolyn Schnare, NACS director of strategic initiatives. “This new resource provides guidance that can help our industry convey to their customers what to recycle and the value of doing so, as well as improve the likelihood that customers will recycle cans and bottles appropriately.”

“Consumers want to be good environmental stewards,” said CMI president Robert Budway. “Having the ability to recycle aluminum beverage packaging away from home is a win-win for can manufacturers, convenience stores and consumers. We believe that increasing away from home recycling of aluminum cans will benefit the entire recycling system.”

Per NACS consumer surveys, more than half of convenience store customers (53%) say that they’d like to see more recycling bins at their local c-store, providing an opportunity for the industry to enhance current recycling practices.

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