Wed January 31, 2018

Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) President and CEO William R. Carteaux issued the following statement after the president’s State of the Union address:

“Plastic materials and products should be allowed to compete on a level playing field for the improvement projects that will eventually form the president’s infrastructure plan. Plastic materials can perform as well, or better, than more traditional materials, and often at a fraction of the cost to the American taxpayer.

Furthermore, we urge policymakers not to overlook the nation’s recycling facilities when it comes to what needs upgrading. This push to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure presents a unique opportunity to increase the amount of plastic our country recycles and to facilitate growth in the market. A national effort to upgrade these facilities would both support business and employment growth in recycled plastics while simultaneously reducing waste.

Finally, our industry shares the president’s support for strong, mutually-beneficial trade agreements. The North American plastics industry has been in lockstep when it comes to enhancing the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and we look forward to working with the Administration and the Congress to ensure that this and other trade agreements are as strong as they can possibly be.”