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Critical Recycling, Composting Bills Advance in Senate

By NAM News Room

The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works has advanced two NAM-supported bills intended to bolster U.S. recycling and composting systems.

The bills: The Recycling and Composting Accountability Act and the Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act were introduced in March by Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and John Boozman (R-AK).

  • The bills “would require the EPA to collect and distribute data on recycling and composting rates across the country,” and “establish a pilot program to promote recycling in underserved communities,” respectively, according to Waste Advantage magazine.

The NAM, along with eight other organizations, recently commended Carper, the committee chairman, and Capito, the committee’s ranking member, for introducing the bills.

  • “We agree that better understanding current recycling rates and accessibility of recycling infrastructure and solid waste collection in disadvantaged communities add important tools that can bolster the circular economy and increase recycling in communities across the United States,” said the organizations.

What we’re saying: “Manufacturers applaud the Senate for taking action on recycling,” said NAM Director of Energy and Resources Policy Chris Morris.

  • “Providing clarity on rates, accessibility and infrastructure will all lead to a more comprehensive approach to pursuing a genuine circular economy,” Morris said. “These bipartisan provisions are a positive first step in Congress’s role in developing federal standards that can be used in both domestic processes and international recycling discussions. The NAM looks forward to working with policymakers on this important topic moving forward.”
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