Alliance of Mission-Based Recyclers
We are a coalition founded by four of the original pioneers of mission-driven, community-based nonprofit recycling in the U.S. Together we are guiding new recycling policies and infrastructure investments to rebuild credible, transparent recycling systems that serve as a bridge toward a circular economy and just, resilient local communities.
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Our Purpose & Unique Role
AMBR has the technical expertise, industry credibility, and mission-driven values to be the definitive voice for reclaiming our national recycling system. Our goal is to create the bridge from a throw-away society that recycles to a truly circular economy. We aim to mitigate climate change and protect ecosystems and human health.
As recycling operators, AMBR members collect and sort tons of recyclables each month, offering us a close view of the linear consumption model. From our vantage point of dealing with piles of recyclables, we can propose and implement systemic solutions.
From the pile, we can look “upstream” at how products could be redesigned to be more resource-efficient, made from recycled content and recovered more easily. We can also look “downstream” at how systems and infrastructure could better recover and remanufacture materials into new products.
We are not in a recycling crisis- we are in a packaging crisis.
We provide model policies, tools and other resources to rebuild credible, transparent and just recycling systems.
Strengthen State and National Policy
Our positions, talking points, and recommendations on model policies that chart the course to fundamentally revamp our resource management system to create a closed-loop economy.Learn More
Reduce Plastic Consumption and Improve Plastics Recycling
We cannot recycle our way out of our global plastics problem. Recycling does have an important role to play in reducing plastic pollution and fossil fuel consumption. We can accelerate circular recycling while investing in waste reduction and reuse.Learn More
Raise Standards for Recycling Operations
There is a right and a wrong way to run recycling programs. We help develop and amplify model operations standards, contracting language, labor best practices and other tools to accelerate higher environmental and social standards in recycling operations.Learn More