Washington D.C.— The Post-Standard and Syracuse.com have featured an op-ed written by Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) President and CEO, Matt Seaholm, that discusses current New York legislative proposals affecting the plastics industry:
We use plastic every day because it serves a purpose in thousands of ways that make our lives better. We all know that. For example, packaging and foodservice products don’t get recycled as much as they should. Let’s then focus on increasing recycling rates and turn away from the ridiculous idea that changing the material in the straw used in a restaurant will dramatically impact our environment — or that substituting paper for plastic food wrap will save our planet when we know that a plastic sandwich bag does a much better job and reduces food waste pollution.
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, including Equipment Suppliers, Material Suppliers, Processors, and Recyclers, representing over one million workers in our $468 billion U.S. industry. PLASTICS advances the priorities of our members who are dedicated to investing in technologies that improve capabilities and advances in recycling and sustainability and providing essential products that allow for the protection and safety of our lives. Since 1937, PLASTICS has been working to make its members, and the sixth largest U.S. manufacturing industry, more globally competitive while supporting circularity through educational initiatives, industry-leading insights and events, convening opportunities and policy advocacy, including the largest plastics trade show in the Americas, NPE2024: The Plastics Show.