Washington D.C.—The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) announced its strong opposition and disappointment in the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act of 2023, as reintroduced in the U.S. Congress.
“Instead of working towards compromise and common-sense policies, this new iteration of the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act is even worse and less collaborative than previously, moving further from a realistic proposal,” said Matt Seaholm, President and CEO of PLASTICS. “The plastics industry stands ready to work with both sides of the aisle to develop real solutions to the environmental concerns this measure supposedly addresses. We believe there are answers to the environmental challenges we face, such as investments in recycling infrastructure and greater demand for recycled content through minimum requirements and stronger end-markets.
“Plastics is the preferred material in many applications because it uses less energy and fewer resources to manufacture and transport, in addition to its ability to be reused and recycled—but this misguided legislation overlooks scientific facts and would likely unintentionally lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions.
“The Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act would negatively impact the American economy, harm the over one million men and woman who are employed by the plastics industry and hurt other industries reliant upon them as an essential part of the supply chain.
“Instead of one-sided proposals that don’t move us forward, we need to work together to craft sound policy that will actually help our environment,” concluded Seaholm.
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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 $548 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 seventh 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.