The American Chemistry Council (“ACC”) submitted December 3rd comments to the United States Environmental Protection Action (“EPA”) on the agency’s draft:
National Recycling Strategy (“Strategy”)
EPA released the Strategy for comment on October 5th.
The Strategy is described by EPA as identifying strategic objectives and actions needed to create a stronger, more resilient, and cost-effective United States municipal solid waste recycling system.
ACC states that its Plastics Division is “an industry leader in promoting innovative plastics recycling and recovery programs and is a proud sponsor of educational and outreach programs to improve plastics recycling nationwide.” The organization further cites the release of its documents titled:
- Guiding Principles for Eliminating Plastic Waste
- Roadmap to Reuse
- Plastics Solutions for America 2020 Report
Described as ACC’s “strategic recommendations” are the following:
- Incorporate advanced recycling in all three of the strategy objectives, especially the role it will play in creating new markets for post-use plastics.
- Add a new objective on increasing collection.
- Develop a more harmonized federal approach on education and standards to align the recycling interests of diverse communities across the United States.
- Update the EPA waste hierarchy to be inclusive of all recycling processes and collaborate with other key federal agencies, such as the Department of Energy.
- Work with Congress on policies that will enable private sector funding for recycling infrastructure while developing a broader federal strategy.
ACC states that it supports EPA’s three strategic objectives with the following areas of focus:
- Objective 1: Reducing Contamination: Focusing efforts on consumer education and labelling will support not only reduced contamination, but also increased collection.
- Objective 2: Increase Processing Efficiency: Broadening the focus of this objective to prioritize innovation and investment that will deliver the feedstocks for both mechanical and advanced recycling will help build a more resilient and effective recycling system.
- Objective 3: Improve Markets: Developing the right recycled content and enabling policies to increase the demand of recycled materials will support innovation, jobs and better environmental outcomes.
A copy of the ACC comments can be downloaded here.
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