Plastics Industry Association Supports Bipartisan Legislation to Improve American Recycling Infrastructure

April 20, 2023

Washington D.C.— The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) applauds the reintroduction of two bipartisan pieces of legislation focused on improving America’s recycling infrastructure. The Recycling and Composting Accountability Act and the Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act of 2023 were reintroduced by Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Tom Carper (D-DE) and John Boozman (R-AR).

“We need to recycle more, period, and these bipartisan bills will help us achieve that goal,” said Matt Seaholm, President and CEO of the Plastics Industry Association. “Improving the country’s recycling infrastructure is paramount to increasing our recycling rates for all materials and ensures we keep waste in the circular economy and out of landfills.”

The Recycling and Composting Accountability Act would improve data collection on our nation’s recycling systems and explore the potential of a national composting strategy. The Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act would establish a pilot recycling program at the EPA. This program would award grants, on a competitive basis, to eligible entities for improving recycling accessibility in a community or communities within the same geographic area.

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, including Equipment Suppliers, Material Suppliers, Processors and Recyclers, representing over one million workers in our $468 billion U.S. industry. PLASTICS advances the priorities of our members who are dedicated to investing in technologies that improve capabilities and advances in recycling and sustainability and providing essential products that allow for the protection and safety of our lives. Since 1937, PLASTICS has been working to make its members, and the sixth largest U.S. manufacturing industry, more globally competitive while supporting circularity through educational initiatives, industry-leading insights and events, convening opportunities and policy advocacy, including the largest plastics trade show in the Americas, NPE2024: The Plastics Show