NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Closed Loop Fund, an investment fund that finances recycling infrastructure and sustainable manufacturing technologies to advance the circular economy, released its first public progress report. Details reveal investment opportunities in the recycling industry that deliver environmental and financial returns for cities, companies, and private investors, despite the headwinds of low commodities prices. According to Closed Loop Partners Managing Partner Ron Gonen, "The recycling industry is poised for a new phase of growth. Based on data from our first "live" investments, we are seeing municipalities and private companies - especially those with integrated models - generate savings, revenues, and profit as a result of improving recycling infrastructure. And so far, each investment is paying back as expected." Lakeshore Recycling System's new Heartland single-stream facility launched in March 2016, is already generating a profit within its first 6 months, and is poised to divert more than 1 million tons of material from landfill by 2025. Lakeshore CEO Alan Handley says, "Recycling is core to our business. The success of the Heartland MRF illustrates our ability to increase both profitability and environmental impact as we scale." The opportunities to generate environmental and economic return are real, but few traditional investors are getting on board at the moment. According to Jennifer Pryce, President & CEO, Calvert Social Investment Foundation, "Closed Loop Fund is helping impact investors like Calvert Foundation understand the investable opportunities within the circular economy."