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ACC Encourages House to Pass Recycling Legislation, Send to President Biden’s Desk

Bipartisan Bills Are Important Steps to Boost Recycling

Matthew Kastner

WASHINGTON, DC (September 13, 2022) — The American Chemistry Council (ACC) applauds the Senate for unanimously passing S. 3742 the Recycling and Composting Accountability Act (RCAA) and S. 3743 the Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act (RIAA) in late July. These bipartisan bills are commonsense steps in the right direction to improve recycling access and data across the U.S.

As Congress returns from recess, ACC encourages the House of Representatives to follow the Senate's lead and swiftly pass these two recycling bills to send them to President Biden’s desk for enactment into law.

Joshua Baca, Vice President of Plastics at ACC
America’s plastic makers continue to invest billions of dollars to recycle more plastic, but obtaining sources of used plastics to recycle remains a challenge. With improved data resources and access to recycling, our systems can better respond to more consumers who are eager to recycle. Plus, these improvements will help plastic makers supply brands and their customers with more recycled plastics for consumer products.

Nearly a year ago, America’s plastic makers released 5 Actions for Sustainable Change, which sets forth concrete steps to accelerate a circular economy for plastics. Passing these two bills will build momentum to move forward in Congress on the 5 Actions.

ACC appreciates the hard work of Senators Capito, Carper and Boozman for championing smart recycling legislation in the Senate. We look forward to future collaboration as partners in sustainability.

American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division

The American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division represents America’s Plastic MakersSM and the half million+ scientists, engineers, technicians, and other innovators who make plastics for many essential and lifesaving products that are vital to modern life. America’s Plastic Makers continue to embrace change. We’re linking innovation with sustainability, deploying next generation technologies to make plastics lighter, stronger, more efficient and more recyclable, so we can meet our goal for 100% of U.S. plastic packaging to be reused, recycled, or recovered by 2040. We’re making sustainable change to help build a cleaner, safer, more sustainable future for generations to come. 

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council’s mission is to advocate for the people, policy, and products of chemistry that make the United States the global leader in innovation and manufacturing. To achieve this, we: Champion science-based policy solutions across all levels of government; Drive continuous performance improvement to protect employees and communities through Responsible Care®; Foster the development of sustainability practices throughout ACC member companies; and Communicate authentically with communities about challenges and solutions for a safer, healthier and more sustainable way of life. Our vision is a world made better by chemistry, where people live happier, healthier, and more prosperous lives, safely and sustainably—for generations to come.

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