WASHINGTON – At the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) Spring Meeting this week, U.S. Representative Haley Stevens (D-MI) provided an encouraging update on bipartisan efforts to reduce plastic waste and improve the global competitiveness of the United States plastics recycling industry. The Plastic Waste Reduction and Recycling Research Act (HR 2821) was introduced last month by Representative Stevens and U.S. Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH). The bipartisan legislation establishes a plastic waste reduction and recycling research and development program, calls on the Federal government to develop a strategic plan for plastic waste reduction, and calls for the development of standards for plastics recycling technologies.
“We were thrilled to have Representative Stevens speak to our member companies and provide an update about the path forward for commonsense, bipartisan legislation to improve recycling in America,” said PLASTICS President & CEO Tony Radoszewski. “It’s so encouraging to hear that that energy is building behind such a significant bipartisan initiative to sensibly combat environmental waste.”
“Plastics have become fundamental to almost all aspects of our lives, from food storage to 3-D printing technology, and have enabled us to make great technological advances,” said Congresswoman Stevens. “With this progress, however, comes a cost. We produce far more plastic than we can properly recycle, domestically and internationally. The extent of plastics pollution is becoming ever more apparent and more alarming. The Plastic Waste Reduction and Recycling Act will help address this issue by developing a world-leading U.S. industry in improved plastics recycling technologies, and unleash the innovative potential of our nation to address our plastic waste crisis and generate greater value from the plastics we do produce.”
“I firmly believe that innovation is the key to moving our country and our world forward, especially when it comes to finding better ways to minimize waste and protect our environment,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “This legislation takes action to ensure that we are continuing to find safer, better, and more efficient ways to consume and reuse the products we rely on.”
Specifically, the Plastic Waste Reduction and Recycling Research Act: