Mon November 15, 2021

WASHINGTON - The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) released the following statement today after President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law.

“Plastic is an essential material to the future of our nation’s infrastructure not only because of its unmatched performance, but also its sustainability,” said PLASTICS President & CEO Tony Radoszewski. “The inclusion of key recycling infrastructure and waste management provisions demonstrates the bipartisan support from Congress and the Biden Administration to invest in the sustainability of plastic now and well into the future. However, despite investment in recycling infrastructure, we are disappointed with the reinstatement of Superfund Taxes, which will increase costs for consumers. Whether its usage in pavement, pipes, or electric vehicles, plastic improves our daily lives, and protects the environment. We will continue to work with Congress and the Biden Administration to highlight the value of plastic in policy proposals and implementation moving forward.”

Key Provisions

  • $275 million in funding for a recycling infrastructure grant program created by the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act
  • $75 million in funding to increase consumer education and participation in the recycling system, similar to the stand-along RECYCLE Act
  • $48 billion in funding to improve water infrastructure with $15 billion dedicated to replacing aging lead pipes

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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 $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.

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