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Recycling

Plastics industry asks US Congress for $1 billion

by Alexander H. Tullo
May 2, 2020 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 98, ISSUE 17

 

Plastics industry organizations, including the American Chemistry Council and the Association of Plastics Recyclers, and companies such as Dow and Eastman Chemical have written members of Congress asking for $1 billion for plastics recycling. The authors point out that a bill Congress is working on, the Realizing the Economic Opportunities and Value of Expanding Recycling Act, calls for $500 million in spending on recycling; they want to double that amount. They also note that many jurisdictions have reduced collection of recyclables as part of their COVID-19 response, pushing more recyclable material into landfills. The Recycling Partnership, one of the authors of the letter, said the country needs overall spending of $10 billion on recycling infrastructure. Judith Enck, president of the environmental group Beyond Plastics, opposes additional funding. “There should be more spending on a stronger recycling infrastructure, but that money should come from the companies that produce the material and not taxpayers,” she says.

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