The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) announces its strong support for Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Debbie Stabenow’s (D-MI) “Recycling Enhancements to Collection and Yield through Consumer Learning and Education (RECYCLE) Act of 2019.”
The legislation aims to increase both the quality and quantity of recycled materials. The bill would establish a consumer recycling education and outreach grant program within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in an effort to clean up America’s recycling stream.
“NWRA welcomes this bipartisan legislation as our industry works to address the challenges it faces from the loss of China as a market for recyclable commodities,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “We are pleased that the RECYCLE Act recognizes the important roles that non-proft organizations as well as public-private partnerships can play in increasing collection rates and decreasing contamination in residential recycling programs.”
Providing funding for education and outreach to inform consumers and households about what is accepted in their residential recycling programs is an important step in increasing both the quantity and quality of recycled material. NWRA looks forward to working with Senators Portman and Stabenow to encourage passage of this bill and on their future efforts to incentivize upgrades to America’s recycling infrastructure.