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Wed June 17, 2020

Tony Radoszewski, President and CEO of the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), issued the following statement on today’s Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing, entitled “Responding to the Challenges Facing Recycling in the United States”:

"We thank Chairman Barrasso, Ranking Member Carper and Members of the Committee for holding today’s hearing exploring issues facing recycling in the United States. As Chairman Barrasso said, plastics have played an essential role in our country’s response to the pandemic. Expert witnesses also testified to plastic’s low carbon footprint compared to other materials, its role in preventing food and other waste, and the potential of improved recycling to recover the value of discarded plastic and create revenue for local governments, while reducing disposal costs. 

Simply banning plastic is impractical and won’t work. We support measures such as the RECOVER Act to protect and grow recycling jobs and to drive innovation at America’s leading companies, as well as the RECYCLE Act to improve recycling education. We would like to also thank Senators Sullivan and Whitehouse for their bipartisan work on the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act to protect the environment.”

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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 nearly one million workers in the $451 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 TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.