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Wed March 27, 2019

Plastics Industry Makes Case for Recycling Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 27, 2019—The men and women of the U.S. plastics industry made the case for greater recycling infrastructure today at the 2019 Plastics Industry Fly-In.

In more than 100 meetings with members of Congress and their staffs, dozens of representatives from the nation’s third-largest manufacturing sector advocated for increased investment in the equipment, systems and other technologies that would enable the U.S. recycling industry to capture and recycle more plastic materials—a solution that would preserve the value of plastic products while addressing serious environmental challenges like litter and marine debris.

Headlining this year’s event was Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler. In his remarks to Fly-In attendees, Wheeler emphasized the Administration’s commitment to infrastructure reform that includes recycling and waste management.

“We all agree that we need to address marine litter, but we need to address it in an effective and precise manner,” said Administrator Wheeler. “Plastics have revolutionized the way we live, often in ways we don’t even realize…to really solve this problem, we must stop the trash from reaching our oceans. This means improving waste management and recycling.”

“I don’t believe that we have to choose between plastics or clean oceans,” he added. “We can have both.”

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) has been leading an effort to rally support among all materials to modernize the nation’s recycling and waste management infrastructure.

“With legislation forthcoming, the U.S. plastics industry is all-in for increasing our nation’s capacity to recycle plastic products that consumers rely on,” said PLASTICS Interim President & CEO Patty Long. “We need to ensure that waste disposal and recycling infrastructure are a part of the overall national conversation around investing in our country’s infrastructure. We look forward to working with public officials and other stakeholders across the country to focus our collective efforts on long-term solutions that enable the proper disposal and recycling of plastic products.”

While infrastructure reform was a key part of the plastics industry’s message, attendees at the Fly-In also advocated for other reforms including enacting open competition policies for plastic pipe on federal infrastructure projects, approaching trade and tariffs in a way that promotes global growth and developing the next generation of manufacturing workers.

In addition to PLASTICS, the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA), the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) and the Manufacturers Association for Plastic Processors (MAPP) also participated in this year’s Fly-In.

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About Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS)
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), formerly SPI, is the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, representing nearly one million workers in the $432 billion U.S. industry. Since 1937, PLASTICS has been working to make its members and the industry more globally competitive while advancing recycling and sustainability. To learn more about PLASTICS’ education initiatives, industry-leading insights and events, networking opportunities and policy advocacy, and North America’s largest plastics trade show, NPE: The Plastics Show, visit plasticsindustry.org. Connect with PLASTICS on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.