Corporate funded Recycling Partnership has hired FTI Consulting to work Washington to achieve its goals of strengthening public recycling programs and accelerating the rise of the "circular economy."

The move comes as curbside recycling "faces the most stressful time in its 30-year history" due to higher costs of materials processing combined with falling prices paid for captured goods, according to a Partnership report.

Its 2020 state of curbside recycling report found programs are capturing only about 32 percent of recyclable waste. More than 50 communities in the US either eliminated or restricted curbside programs last year.

The Partnership calls for "Recycling 2.0," in which local governments, consumer goods marketers and commodity industries pitch the long-term benefits of recycling in the areas of climate change, pollution and reduction of environmental impacts from mining of raw material.

The Partnership's financial backers include ExxonMobil, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, Amazon, Ball, Alcoa, International Paper, 3M, Procter & Gamble, Heineken, Colgate-Palmolive, Kellogg's, Plastics Industry Assn., Poland Spring, Nestle, Carton Council, Target and PepsiCo.

FTI's Recycling Partnership team includes Bob Moran, senior managing director for government affairs/strategic communications, and managing directors Sonja Nesbit and Nelson Litterst.