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WASHINGTON (March 24, 2021) – Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Representatives David Joyce (R-OH) and Dean Phillips (D-MN) this week introduced the “Recycling Enhancements to Collection and Yield through Consumer Learning and Education Act of 2021,” also known as the RECYCLE Act. The following statement may be attributed to Joshua Baca, vice president of ACC’s Plastics Division:

“The American Chemistry Council strongly supports the RECYCLE Act and commends Senators Portman and Stabenow and Representatives Joyce and Phillips for their leadership in introducing this bipartisan legislation. If passed, the RECYCLE Act would direct Federal resources to improve the effectiveness of residential and community recycling programs through public education and outreach. The RECYCLE Act will improve both the quality and quantity of plastics collected for recycling.

“Stronger outreach efforts to community residents will increase the supply of plastics collected for recycling, keep plastics out of the environment, and will help support existing and emerging plastics recycling technologies to meet the growing demand for recycled content products and packaging. Plastics are a valuable commodity which, after their initial use, can be recycled into many valuable durable applications such as fleece jackets, railroad ties, and backyard decking, as well as other applications including packaging for products essential in our response to COVID-19.

“The RECYCLE Act’s priorities are very much in line with our own. America’s plastic makers have set a goal to recycle, recover, or reuse 100 percent of plastic packaging in the U.S. by 2040. To that end, we released a Roadmap to Reuse, a framework that outlines steps to grow recycling and recovery in the U.S., including the need for improved and sustained public outreach to reduce confusion and help Americans recycle better. We also released guiding principles for eliminating plastic waste that can help shape legislation and other actions to help grow recycling and recovery of plastics.

“Since July 2017, the private sector has announced 66 projects in mechanical and advanced recycling in the U.S. valued at $5.5 billion. These projects have the potential to divert nearly 9 billion pounds of waste from landfills each year. The RECYCLE Act will help increase the supply of post-use plastics for these projects, helping these projects succeed and ensuring that we achieve everyone’s goal of recycling more plastics.”

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