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Tue December 22, 2020

Today, the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) President & CEO Tony Radoszewski issued the following statement after the presidential signing of the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act:

“Save Our Seas 2.0 being signed into law is a testament to the incredible hard work done by everyone involved. Good public policy passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and consensus between industry and environmental organizations is hard to come by these days. But we got it done. PLASTICS is proud to have supported this effort since the measure’s introduction last year and we applaud Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) for their leadership on this issue and thank the President for his signature.

“The Save Our Seas 2.0 Act will support research and innovation by providing funds to strengthen domestic infrastructure and help reduce marine debris.

“For the better part of a century, plastics have revolutionized the way we live. Plastic is easier to reuse, repurpose and recycle than just about any other material. It’s important that plastic products are recycled and reused – not littered – so we can protect the environment while still enjoying the benefits of plastics. This bipartisan effort will strengthen the United State’s marine debris response abilities and establish incentives for innovations and research in this area. This piece of legislation is exactly what the country needs to build better recycling infrastructure.

“We will work with the new administration to ensure the provisions of this measure are fully implemented and look forward to working with Senators Sullivan and Whitehouse as their next effort to address marine debris takes shape in the new Congress.”

In October, PLASTICS hosted Senators Sullivan and Whitehouse, the bipartisan cosponsors of Save Our Seas 2.0, at its Global Plastics Summit, where they discussed the importance of public-private partnership with PLASTICS' Vice President of Government Affairs Matt Seaholm.

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About Plastics Industry Association

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), is the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, representing over 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, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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