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Indiana Lawmakers Overwhelmingly Pass Advanced Recycling Legislation to Boost Economy, Help End Plastic Waste

Matthew Kastner

WASHINGTON (April 20, 2023) — Today, Indiana became the 24th state in the country to adopt legislation so advanced recycling facilities are transparently and properly regulated as manufacturing operations.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is pleased to learn of the strong bipartisan support of SB 472 — passing 94-1 in the House, 44-5 in the Senate — which could generate more than $222 million for Indiana each year and upwards of 900 jobs in the state.

“This bill is a win-win for the state of Indiana. It will bring green collar jobs to our local economy, boost tax revenue from business investments, and reduce plastics in landfills and our environment,” said State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper), a mechanical engineer who authored the bill. “I’m glad my colleagues on both sides of the aisle voted overwhelmingly for SB 472.”

Advanced recycling is a manufacturing process that uses chemistry to enable significantly more plastics to be recycled than traditional recycling technologies, including often hard-to-recycle films and mixed plastics. Instead of having to send these valuable plastics to landfills or burning them for energy, technologies used in advanced recycling enable recyclers to convert used plastics back into raw materials to produce new virgin-equivalent plastics and chemical products without burning the plastic material.

SB 472 establishes these technologies remain subject to applicable manufacturing regulations and applies a regulatory framework for advanced recycling facilities that welcomes future investment in Indiana.

“As a manufacturer of products made with advanced recycling, we are excited for potential new advanced recycling capacity in Indiana. Laws such as this will foster growth in the technology so we can continue to increase the circularity of plastic products,” said Robert Flores, vice president of sustainability at Berry Global, headquartered in Evansville, Ind. “The law also gives consumers more confidence with third-party certifications being recognized, such as the ISCC PLUS certification used by our manufacturing sites in Evansville, Franklin and Odon, Ind.”

Indiana’s new law recognizes independent, third-party certification systems to trace, measure and verify recycled plastics made from advanced recycling.

Joshua Baca, ACC Vice President of Plastics
With Indiana’s support, there are now 24 states that see advanced recycling as an important part of efforts to increase recycling, accelerate a circular economy and serve as a model for the rest of the country. Since states began regulating advanced recycling in 2017, more than 40 facility projects have been announced with the potential to divert more than 16 billion pounds of waste from landfills a year.

ACC applauds Indiana’s state legislators and Gov. Holcomb for recognizing the value of advanced recycling and for passing this important legislation.

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.