Recycling – National Recycling Standards Supported by US Plastics Makers

A February 2, 2022 American Chemistry Council Blog Post reports that plastics makers “… believe that national recycling standards for plastics are needed to support a circular economy and help achieve the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) goal to increase the national recycling rate to 50% by 2030. Today, the U.S. recycling rate hovers around 35%, with plastic packaging lagging behind. Among the biggest reasons plastic packaging trails other materials: complexity of plastic packaging and our fractured recycling system … Our nation’s lawmakers should empower the EPA and the Department of Energy (DOE) to bring together the plastics value chain and municipalities to develop a set of national plastics recycling standards. As part of that effort, a National Plastics Recycling Advisory Committee should be established and consist of representatives across the value chain, from plastic makers, converters, and brands to recyclers and community recycling leaders …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #Recycling @AmChemistry