MPAA member studios record solid waste diversion rate over 70% for fifth straight year

April 21, 2017

 Film and TV Industry Remains Committed to Environmentally Friendly Practices

WASHINGTON – The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) annual report on member studios’ environmental sustainability efforts reported that, in 2016, member companies collectively prevented over 18,000 tons of their studio sets and other solid waste from entering landfills. That figure accounts for a 72 percent diversion rate of the studios’ total solid waste from landfills, which marks the fifth year in a row the rate has been over 70 percent.

The new figures are compiled through the Solid Waste Task Force, a joint program between the MPAA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The Task Force promotes environmentally friendly collaboration across the film and television industry, and has been recording the data for more than 20 years.

The MPAA is releasing a new Earth Day fact sheet outlining how its member studios individually and voluntarily support a wide-variety of green initiatives throughout the entire year.

MPAA Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd stated: “I am proud to represent socially responsible companies with a commitment to environmentally friendly policies. Their efforts to conserve energy, reduce waste, and raise awareness about preservation yield positive results each and every year.”

For more information, view the new factsheet and GIF demonstrating how MPAA member companies promote green values year-round.


About the Solid Waste Task Force
The Solid Waste Task force (SWTF), comprised of the major studios and television networks, was formed in the early 1990s, following the passage of Assembly Bill 939 in 1989, to address resource conservation and reduce solid waste being sent to landfills. The SWTF member companies voluntarily implement waste diversion programs to reduce the environmental impact of solid waste, as well as assist local government in meeting the mandates of AB 939. Today, SWTF members meet regularly to collaborate on creating additional progressive environmental programs.

About the MPAA
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries from offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Its members include: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

About the AMPTP
Since 1982, The Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers (AMPTP) has been the primary trade association with respect to labor issues in the motion picture and television industry. The AMPTP negotiates 80 industry-wide collective bargaining agreements on behalf of over 350 motion picture and television producers (member companies include studios, broadcast networks, certain cable networks and independent producers).

For more information, contact:

MPAA Washington, D.C.
Chris Ortman
(202) 293-1966