Washington D.C.— The Washington Times has featured an op-ed written by Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) President and CEO, Matt Seaholm, on how Congress and the plastics industry can work together to reduce plastic waste.
In a recent public hearing of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on “plastics use and reducing plastic waste,” I delivered a message on behalf of our industry that may have surprised the other witnesses: we love plastic; we hate plastic waste – And we are open to well-crafted legislation that helps us reduce that plastic waste. I shared this not only to offer clarity regarding our commitment to reduce plastic waste for Chairman Jeff Merkley (OR-D), who likely expected something different, but to verbally extend our earnest hope for legislative and policy collaboration as we begin the 118th Congress.
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.