Tue February 20, 2018

On February 5, the Trump Administration released its long-anticipated infrastructure initiative entitled the Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America. The plan proposes spending $200 billion in direct federal funds as seed money to spur $1.5 trillion in total spending from state, local and private sources over ten years. The $200 billion would be distributed through various programs specified in the initiative including an Infrastructure Incentives Program, a Transformative Projects Program and a Rural Infrastructure Program. The plan also calls for streamlining the federal permitting process to help reduce delays and costs while encouraging private investment.

While the likelihood of the proposal becoming law in its current form is low, it does provide an opportunity to continue discussions with Capitol Hill on issues directly impacting the plastics industry. The inclusion of water infrastructure improvements in the plan poses a great opportunity for PLASTICS continued efforts to include open competition for plastic materials.

The proposed programs also provide an opening to pursue recycling and energy recovery funding as part of the critical needs of the nation’s infrastructure. While progress is being made every day promoting the use of plastics for future infrastructure needs, a national commitment of recycling and energy recovery methods should be included in our infrastructure as well.

PLASTICS will continue to monitor the efforts of both the Trump Administration and Congress to work on improving our nation’s infrastructure and ensure that plastics included in that conversation.