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New Hampshire Becomes 19th State and First in New England to Pass Advanced Recycling Law

Matthew Kastner

WASHINGTON, DC (June 17, 2022) — Today New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed S.B. 367 into law, which will help create a more circular economy for plastics while attracting new jobs to the state.

New Hampshire is the 19th state since 2017—and the first New England state—to enact legislation that recognizes the economic and environmental benefits of advanced recycling. S.B. 367 will appropriately regulate advanced recycling technologies as manufacturing operations rather than solid waste disposal, supporting investments in advanced recycling facilities and new manufacturing jobs for New Hampshire residents.

Advanced recycling is a manufacturing process that converts used plastics into high-quality new plastics. With advanced recycling, more types of plastics can be recycled compared to traditional recycling methods. Thanks to advanced recycling, mixed and even some soiled plastics can be remade into new plastics approved for food, pharmaceutical, and medical use. A 2021 report by Closed Loop Partners estimated that advanced recycling could double the plastics packaging recycling rate in the U.S. and Canada by 2030.

Chris Jahn, President & CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC)
Advanced recycling legislation passing in New Hampshire demonstrates how awareness and recognition of these transformative technologies are growing. By remaking more used plastics into brand new plastics, advanced recycling diverts plastics from landfill, decreases greenhouse gas emissions associated with virgin plastic production, and creates opportunities for new jobs and revenue streams.

“As the first governor in New England to sign legislation on advanced recycling into law, New Hampshire continues to lead the way,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “Commonsense efforts like this which benefit our environment while attracting new business and good paying jobs to the Granite State is a win for everyone.”

ACC applauds the co-sponsors of S.B. 367, Senator Kevin Avard and Representative Howard Pearl, for passing this bill through the legislature, and Governor Sununu for signing S.B. 367 into law to support economic opportunities and environmental stewardship in the state.

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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